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allanm77
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How to handle metacharacters through zip command

Hi--

 

While zipping a directory, which has few subdirectories having the dollar sign in their names, the zip command fails.

 

How do I fix this issue?

 

Thanks,

Allan

 

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Dennis Handly
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: How to handle metacharacters through zip command

(Why would you want files with "$" in them?  These aren't Unix friendly.)

 

What error do you get?

I'm not sure why zip should care?  The shell only sees the upper directory.

 

I don't know if the "-UN w" option will help?

allanm77
Frequent Advisor

Re: How to handle metacharacters through zip command

Here is the error that I get :-

Error: zip I/O error: No such file or directory. . zip error: Input file read failure
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: How to handle metacharacters through zip command

> While zipping a directory, which has few subdirectories having the
> dollar sign in their names, the zip command fails.

   A useful problem report would offer some basic info, like, for
example:

      uname -a

      zip -v

      Actual command used.

      Actual output from the command.

      ls -l[R] <stuff which you were trying to archive>

> Error: zip I/O error: No such file or directory. . zip error: Input
> file read failure

   Many things are possible, but, if this Zip program is even remotely
current, then I would not expect a name with a dollar sign to cause any
particular trouble.  For example, using what I have lying around on a
convenient Mac OS X system:

bash-3.2$ zip3 dollar.zip -r .
  adding: $dir$/ (stored 0%)
  adding: $dir$/$name$ (stored 0%)
  adding: fred$fred (stored 0%)

bash-3.2$ unzip61 -d fred dollar.zip
Archive:  dollar.zip
   creating: fred/$dir$/
 extracting: fred/$dir$/$name$       
 extracting: fred/fred$fred          

bash-3.2$ ls -lR fred
total 8
drwxr-xr-x  3 sms  admin  102 Feb  5 21:39 $dir$
-rw-r--r--  1 sms  admin    5 Feb  5 21:33 fred$fred

fred/$dir$:
total 8
-rw-r--r--  1 sms  admin  5 Feb  5 21:38 $name$

   Zip doesn't care about dollar signs.  Like many programs, it does
care about permissions, so if _you_ can't read a file, then Zip probably
can't read it for you.  But, with approximately no useful information,
and my weak psychic powers, I probably can't guess what the problem is
here.

Laurent Menase
Honored Contributor

Re: How to handle metacharacters through zip command

are you sure the $ is not interpreted by the shell..

 

try  with \$dir\$

 

 

Dennis Handly
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: How to handle metacharacters through zip command

>are you sure the $ is not interpreted by the shell.

 

Allan did say subdirectories.  And I assumed he was using zip -r on the parent directory.

Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: How to handle metacharacters through zip command

> [...] I assumed he was using zip -r on the parent directory.

 

   _I_ assume that if he really wants an answer, then he'll supply
enough useful information to obviate such assuming and guessing, but so
far I see no evidence of that.

allanm77
Frequent Advisor

Re: How to handle metacharacters through zip command

Yes, am using zip r *

allanm77
Frequent Advisor

Re: How to handle metacharacters through zip command

Will try upgrading the version of zip tomm.
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: How to handle metacharacters through zip command

> Yes, am using zip r *

   Still not much useful information.  This new copy+paste technology is
amazing.  You should try it.

> Will try upgrading the version of zip tomm.

   Would it hurt you to provide some useful information, as requested?
Around here, the oldest version I have, "Zip 2.32 (June 19th 2006)"
appears to have no more trouble with my test than the latest released
version, "Zip 3.0 (July 5th 2008)" (or the latest development code,
either).

Dennis Handly
Acclaimed Contributor
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Re: How to handle metacharacters through zip command

>the oldest version I have,

 

This also works: Zip 2.31 (March 8th 2005)

Even if the "*" expands to directories with "$".

allanm77
Frequent Advisor

Re: How to handle metacharacters through zip command

Thanks upgrading zip worked.
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: How to handle metacharacters through zip command

> Thanks upgrading zip worked.

   Would it be a complete waste of time to ask (again) which version had
the problem, and which didn't, and what you did, and what the actual
message was, and so on?

Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: How to handle metacharacters through zip command

> This also works: Zip 2.31 (March 8th 2005)

   Around here, after a little dredging and fiddling, so do "Zip 2.3
(November 29th 1999)" and "Zip 2.0 (Sept 7th 1993)", so I still suspect
user error over a program defect.

> Would it be a complete waste of time [...]

   Apparently so, but I'm always open to evidence.