I am downloading a zip file which has a very deep nested structure from which I just need to pick a few files. The file structure looks like this:

C*_01.zip, ....., C*_xx.zip/

In each C*_xx.zip file:


Please note that on each "C*.zip" I need to pick the target file.

I do not have much experience with shell scripting so I have written a script based on other solutions but it doesn't work. I would appreciate any hint:

wget url | find . -name "myfile.zip" | while ["`find -type f -name 'C*.zip' | wc -l`" -gt 0 ]; do find -type f -name "b.zip" | find -type f -name "targetfile.txt" exec unzip -- '{}' \;; done
  • You want to extract targetfile.txt from all C*.zip archives contained in the myfile.zip archive? – ingopingo Feb 21 '17 at 18:56
  • @ingopingo yes, exactly – nopeva Feb 21 '17 at 20:18

Create a script file like fetchtarget.sh and start it with the URL as first argument.


dir=$(mktemp -d)
cd $dir || exit

wget $1

# deep unzip loop
while true; do
   find -iname '*.zip' > zipindex
   test -s zipindex || break
   for zip in $(cat zipindex); do unzip -o $zip && rm $zip; done

# purge and show result
find $dir -name targetfile.txt -print -or -type f -exec rm {} \; 

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