Mass File Depression Maintaining Directory Structure

RiverWind riverwind at
Tue Jan 11 15:10:37 UTC 2011

Hey There,

After reading "man zip", I am still not able to uncompress a load
of NLS books in the specific way required for the task I am working
on.  I was hoping someone could tell me what I am doing wrong. I am
wanting to unzip several NLS books without opening their
directories; I just want to uncompress the directory so it can be
accessed by a DB-player's software.

For instance the following syntaxes didn't yield the desired
results; mind you, these file names take up two lines.

For the files who's names take up two lines I tried:

unzip DB*.zip -d /home/riverwind/holder

Resulting error message "caution: filename not matched:"

I then tried renaming one of the files to file01.

unzip -d /home/riverwind/holder

The file decompressed right enough, but there was no directory.
Instead the actual files were decompressed.

I am not wanting to extract the files, just extract the directory
such that it appears as a single item into which I can get with a
cd command from the terminal or in gnome doing <cr. with the cursor
on the file. I don't know if anything of this nature is even
possible from within gnome.

If you can help me out, I would be most thankful, because I am
putting together an electronic library. I have learned to use a
flashdrive, and I am now quite proficient at moving and copying
files back and forth from machine to flashdrive whilst creating and
maintaining directory structures. I have come a very long way
during this week, but I have hit a snag where I least expected to
encounter one.

What do I do now?


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