Ran into an issue recently where I attempting to unzip a directory of files, but the “Extract” and “Extract to” options stopped showing up in the GNOME Files app. Before realizing that the issue was due to there being a non-ZIP archive in the directory that I had selected, I took to the command-line to get the job done.
Well, at quite. Not at first at least.
My first thought was to simply run:
$ unzip *.zip
Which did not do what I had expected:
$ unzip *.zip Archive: first.zip caution: filename not matched: second.zip caution: filename not matched: third.zip caution: filename not matched: etc.zip # ... caution: filename not matched: last.zip
Interestingly enough, the
man page for
unzip very much made it seem like
this should have worked. It supports the
* wildcard character, as long as it’s
part of the filename and not the path.
Thinking maybe it was some weird thing in
zsh, I gave it a shot in
was faced with the same results.
Fortunately, there’s a nice little trick that will get things moving. Simply tossing single quotes around the filename (with the wildcard) will get things moving in the right direction:
$ unzip '*.zip' Archive: first.zip inflating: first.txt Archive: second.zip inflating: second.txt Archive: third.zip inflating: third.txt Archive: last.zip inflating: last.txt # ... Archive: last.zip inflating: last.txt