I have this script:



echo "archive=$source_path/wsi_installers_$date.zip"
echo "path=$installer_path"

# Create the installer archive
zip -r "$source_path/wsi_installers_$date.zip" "$installer_path"

If the archive does not exist, it fails with:

zip warning: name not matched: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/*
zip error: Nothing to do! (try: zip -r /Users/<user_name>/Source/Git/WSI/wsi_installers_20180313.zip . -i ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/*)

Though the echo statements indicate a correct path:


I tried the recommended command (using the -i option) but it fails with:

zip warning: zip file empty

If I use the output from the echo statements and run the zip command manually:

zip -r /Users/<user_name>/Source/Git/WSI/wsi_installers_20180313.zip ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/*

It works:

adding: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/ADP_Installers.hta (deflated 71%)
adding: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/StartHta.exe (deflated 71%)
adding: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/WSPCP_TDI/ (stored 0%)
adding: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/common/styles/plugins.css (deflated 85%)
adding: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/common/styles/table.css (deflated 80%)
adding: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/updatecenter/ (stored 0%)

Then when I run the script, it also works, with the output showing it is updating the archive:

updating: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/ADP_Installers.hta (deflated 71%)
updating: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/StartHta.exe (deflated 71%)
updating: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/WSPCP_TDI/ (stored 0%)
updating: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/common/styles/plugins.css (deflated 85%)
updating: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/common/styles/table.css (deflated 80%)
updating: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/updatecenter/ (stored 0%)

What am I missing?

  • Add set -x to your script. That'll show what it thinks is happening.
    – RonJohn
    Mar 14 '18 at 15:27
  • I bet the * in installer_path isn't getting expanded.
    – RonJohn
    Mar 14 '18 at 15:30
  • + zip -r /Users/barnesr/Source/Git/WSI/wsi_installers_20180313.zip '../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/*' zip warning: name not matched: ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/* zip error: Nothing to do! (try: zip -r /Users/barnesr/Source/Git/WSI/wsi_installers_20180313.zip . -i ../FE_Installer/cdk_installer/*) + exit
    – IronRod
    Mar 14 '18 at 15:30
  • I suspected the '*' was a factor -- but why would it work when the ZIP exists?
    – IronRod
    Mar 14 '18 at 15:32
  • Removing the '*' was the solution. Thanks. Add it as an answer and I'll mark it.
    – IronRod
    Mar 14 '18 at 15:33

I bet the * in installer_path isn't getting expanded. Take the * out of installer_path and it'll work.

  • This doesn't explain why, it works, which is because the * was quoted, so zip was looking for literal file/dir named *. You can put asterisks immediately after quoted parameters to retain shell globbing.
    – Walf
    Jun 15 '20 at 4:44
  • @Walf that's mentioned in a comment I made to the question, before making an official answer. I'll add it to the answer for clarity.
    – RonJohn
    Jun 15 '20 at 6:17

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