Can the encryption option on Info-ZIP be used from the command line? The zip man page says:

-e --encrypt Encrypt the contents of the zip archive using a password which is entered on the terminal in response to a prompt (this will not be echoed; if standard error is not a tty, zip will exit with an error). The password prompt is repeated to save the user from typing errors.

Is there a way to create zipped files from an unattended script?

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    If you really want any level of encryption worth mentioning (zip encryption is trivial to crack) you should use something like openssl bf -salt -k passphrase -in file.zip -out file.zip.bfe to encrypt the zip file (this can also be done on the fly by piping. Decryption is as easy as openssl bf -d -salt -k passphrase -in file.zip.bfe -out file.zip. Zip doesn't support unzipping from a pipe, so you can't decrypt a zip on the fly with openssl. You can use gzip and tar however, it depends on your needs.
    – Chris S
    Mar 8, 2012 at 3:02
  • @ChrisS I guess there is a free OpenSSL client for windows too. The zipped files will be sent to an FTP server to be picked up by a Windows user. The encryption is mainly just to avoid a casual user from accidentally peeking into the file. Mar 8, 2012 at 4:32
  • N.b. The zip command on Redhat is copyright Info-ZIP. Mar 8, 2012 at 4:47

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Using -P will allow you to pass the password on the command line.

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