Adding to a windows zip file without zip.exe

Long, Phillip GOSS
Wed May 16 23:13:00 GMT 2007

Chadwick wrote:  
> Cygwin is currently installed on over a hundred windows 2003
> servers, and is used to do some admin tasks as well as to pull files
> from the servers on a daily basis via ssh.  One of the files pulled
> from each server is a windows ZIP file.
> I want to add an extra file to this ZIP file using a script.  I
> looked at both DOS batch scripts and cygwin shell scripts but have
> run into problems because the cygwin installed on these boxes doesn't
> contain ZIP.exe, and the PKZIP.exe I would used with a batch script
> is so old it only accepts 8.3 filenames.
> Updating the servers with new cygwin or command line packages is not
> an option at this point.
> That being said, I am a huge cygwin fan and am not willing to give
> up on a shell script as my solution quite yet.
> The cygwin version on the servers does have gzip, gunzip, bzip2,
> bunzip2, and unzip.
> Unfortunatly I have as yet been unsucceful in using these tools to
> add a file to my windows zip archive. 
> Any suggestions?

The only Cygwin dependency that zip.exe shows, according to chgcheck,
is cygwin1.dll.  Why not just push zip.exe over to all your servers?
Granted, it's a one-time pain, but it will fix the problem.

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