How to delete a subdirectory (not directory) from a zip file

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  • #68281

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    Gentleman, I am new to PowerShell. I am struggling writing a script to delete certain sub-directories from a zipfile. I will appreciate your help.
    This is my code:
    $currentDate = get-date -uformat "%Y%m%d" # For the example, the folder exists, it is a given.
    $outputFolder = "C:\backups\CRMS\CRMS_" + $currentDate
    #Delete Logs folders from each zip file
    $source = $outputFolder + "\*"
    $zipfile = $outputFolder + "\"
    $files = "mapi" #this is the name of the subdirectory that I should remove from the zip file
    $stream = New-Object IO.FileStream($zipfile, [IO.FileMode]::Open)
    $mode = [IO.Compression.ZipArchiveMode]::Update
    $zip = New-Object IO.Compression.ZipArchive($stream, $mode)
    #Here i need to tell PS that the subdirectory is inside a directory named "FirstFolderInZip"
    #then, I need to delete the folder named "mapi"
    #I tried this but does not work:
    ($zip.Entries | ? { $files -contains $_.Name }) | % { $_.Delete() }


    Thanks for your support.

  • #68295

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    Well, you're actually writing .NET code, so posting in someplace like might yield more and better answers. But, I don't think those .NET classes actually support what you're doing. Have you tried doing this interactively?

    That is, have you tried running these commands one at a time from the console? I'm wondering if $zip.Entries ends up containing what you expect, and what the product of your Where-Object statement is.

  • #68370

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    Don, thanks for replying to my post.
    The code works. I have steeped in one line at the time. The line that does not work is: ($zip.Entries | ? { $files -contains $_.Name }) | % { $_.Delete() } which I copied from the PowerShell forums.

    If I assign $zip.Entries to a variable, the result is a list of the file names, therefore I cannot use it.
    My plan is to use the Delete method of the class ZipArchiveEntry on each of the folders that I need to remove from the zip file. The problem is that I am unable to create an instance of that class. I do not know how to do it. There is an example in MSDN but I am unable to implement it in PowerShell:

    My issue if lack of knowledge with the Powershell language.



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