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Is there an option on linux zip command such that I can hard code the target directory it unzips into. For example, I would like to zip ./mydir files into but I want the unzip command to create a specific directory "projx" and expand the files which were under ./mydir to it.

zip -r mydir (-option to expand into 'projx' when unzipped? )
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There is no such option, at least not for Info-ZIP. You have to create a directory named projx in the first place, move/copy your files into it and then pass it to zip. Another solution would be to pass option -d to unzip for specifying the target directory for extraction.

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I don't know about a specific command line option, but you can use the following commands to reach you goal:

ln -s mydir projx
zip -r projx
rm projx

The first command creates a symbolic link, so that you can access the files in mydir also via projx. Then using Info-ZIP (tested with version 2.31) the symbolic link is dereferenced (this is the default, unless you specify -y) and the files are stored recursively:

adding: projx/ (stored 0%)
adding: projx/foo.1 (deflated 23%)
adding: projx/bar.2 (deflated 73%)

You see, the folder name is stored in the file, too -- so upon extraction the directory projx is created.

However, I can't think of a possibility to store absolute paths, but this is a bad idea anyway.

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Absolute path only works on MacOS by specifying option -jj. On other operating systems only option -j is supported (and -jj is interpreted as -j) which removes any leading path and thus leading to the opposite (a very clever design...). – scai Jul 10 '13 at 8:00

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