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SpartanHokie 09-19-2004 02:46 PM

Zipping files from multiple folders
Good day,

I am trying to zip a set of files that are located in about 12 different folders. I tried to set the source folder for the zip action to the root most folder and then supplied relative paths from that folder to each file. It gets one of the files, but the rest all fail. I have verified all the paths, but it still seems to fail. Anybody else had luck doing this? I would really like to not have to create 12 different steps just to include these files into one zip...


kinook 09-20-2004 08:39 AM

That should work. I tried a sample here using masks or specific filenames, and it worked as expected. For instance, with a directory structure of

|- b
|-- c
|-- d
|-- e

Specying a Source folder of c:\a and include values of




added all matching files to the ZIP file. Make sure you have 'Include subfolders' checked. If that's not it, ZIP up a sample (.bld file and a folder structure w/ files) that reproduces the problem, along with the info from Help | About | Install Info and post here or send to

SpartanHokie 09-20-2004 09:06 AM

I believe I found the problem. When it attempts to add the contents, it is using dos directory names - so if the folder exceeds 8 characters, it truncates it. Is that "as designed"? Is that a limitation on WinZip or VBP? Just curious...

kinook 09-20-2004 09:15 AM

I changed my sample to use folder names > 8 chars (the filenames were already > 8 chars) and it still worked as expected (no truncation and all matching files processed). This was on an NTFS file system. Where are things getting truncted for you? The folder names in the ZIP file? Are you using a FAT formatted drive or something? Which version of VBP are you running? Which version/SP of Windows?

SpartanHokie 09-20-2004 09:24 AM

I am running on Win2003 Server with NTFS. The VBP version is 5.5

Here is a snipit from the VBP log when I just do a *.* of the entire directory rather than specifying a file:

E:\Builds\Applications\Test\Build ->

The folder is TestFolder and the as you can see the .wav files from AIM are truncated.

kinook 09-20-2004 09:25 AM

You don't by chance have 'Store filenames in 8.3 format' on the Options tab checked?

SpartanHokie 09-20-2004 09:37 AM

YIKES! How that got checked and I didnt notice it, is a mystery to me - that fixed the problem.. Thanks

SpartanHokie 09-20-2004 10:00 AM

So here is another question. I now have it going into the subfolders and getting the files, but it is adding the folders (in your example b/c and b/e) into the zip as well. Is there a way to get it to just put the file in the zip and not the folder structure? I tried checking the "Don't include path information for files in subfolders" and it doesn't add any files.


kinook 09-20-2004 10:19 AM

Those two options are incompatible with each other in the 3rd party ZIP component we use (DynaZIP) because

"Each specification [of Include masks] can include the directory path as it would appear in the zip file after the zip operation concludes"

You'll need to use filename masks alone (no paths) in the Include field, or first copy the files you need into a flat structure and ZIP that instead.

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