Zip file making issues

Matt Emmerton matt at
Tue Sep 21 03:49:22 UTC 2010

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ryan Coleman" <editor at>
To: "FreeBSD Questions" <freebsd-questions at>
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2010 11:11 PM
Subject: Zip file making issues

Does anyone have any advice for this?

I'm working on a series of commands - executed in a shell script - that zips 
a deep directory in a tree. But it makes the full path as part of the ZIP 
file. That's not what I want - I just want those directories that appear 
after the "*".  In this case:

"-J" eliminates all the paths - bad because it also kills those after the 

Here's my default that includes the whole d*mn path.
/usr/local/bin/zip -r 

I could just run a "cd" to the directory parent and do it there - that would 
solve the problem - but that's simply too dangerous if the script generator 
throws an error on the next set of commands (a risk I do not want to take).

So how do I get it to store as "download/small/image.jpg" inside of the ZIP 
file instead of 

I only recently discovered this bug -- none of my clients have had the guts 
to tell me about it.


Just change the directory before you start zipping.

cd /mount/archive/orders/Sep20/1284343047-Le-ach
/usr/local/bin/zip -r 

Matt Emmerton 

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