Is it possible and how can I zip a symlink from a linux shell?
You can store symlinks as symlinks (as opposed to a copy of the file/directory they point to) using the
--symlinks parameter of the standard
foo is a directory containing symlinks:
zip --symlinks -r foo.zip foo/
rar a -ol foo.rar foo/
tar stores them as is by default.
tar czpvf foo.tgz foo/
Note that the symlink occupies almost no disk space by itself (just an inode). It's just a kind of pointer in the filesystem, as you probably know.
On RHEL 5, we have
$ zip -h Copyright (C) 1990-2005 Info-ZIP Type 'zip "-L"' for software license. Zip 2.31 (March 8th 2005). Usage: zip [-options] [-b path] [-t mmddyyyy] [-n suffixes] [zipfile list] [-xi list] (snip) -y store symbolic links as the link instead of the referenced file