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I would like to zip only selected directories(and its child directories as well)

I have many directories in the current folder like app, content, db, library etc.

But I would like the zip only app and content and its child folders. I am trying the following.

zip -r ../backups/code/20110625 -i app/* -i content/* . *

But I am getting the following error.

zip error: Invalid command arguments (nothing to select from)

What is the correct syntax to achieve this?

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

Try:

zip -r myzipfile.zip ../backups/code/20110625 app/* content/* . *

You need to put the name of the zipfile first.

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Thanks. I need to remove the leading slash from app and content to make it work. – emaillenin Jun 25 '11 at 10:25
    
@emaillenin No probs. I made the change, even though it is context specific. Will you accept the answer please? Glad it worked for you. – slotishtype Jun 25 '11 at 10:28

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