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I have a zip file, and would like to unzip a subdirectory of it to another subdirectory, overwriting all existing files. How can this be done in Linux?

Example: The zip file hi.zip has a "me" folder in it. I would like to extract only the files/folders inside "me" to a folder on the system named "/home/zzz/". However, "/home/zzz/" already has files in it with the same names. I'd like to replace those with the new ones in the hi.zip file.

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unzip -o hi.zip me/\* -d /home/zzz

should do the trick. I suggest you test it first to make sure you don't overwrite the wrong files.

  • This does not work for me; the top directory in the zip file is copied to the destination directory. – August Karlstrom Dec 1 '11 at 17:24

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