#92: zip command exclude .svn directories

I am looking for the command line incantation for zip to package up a .zip file but exclude any .svn metadata directories and files. I used --exclude=.svn/* but it doesn't seem to work.

The gotcha for zip --exclude is to treat the entire relative path as the original string

The correct incantation is
zip -9 -r --exclude=*.svn* foo.zip [directory-to-compress]

You can also add a
--exclude=*.DS_Store* to exclude the annoying Mac OS X directory display metadata files.

Notice that the expression passed to --exclude is using the entire original relative directory path as the original string to match against. So .svn/* by itself doesn't work; the wildcard character in front ensures that it matches .svn directories anywhere in the directory tree.

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