I have been having fun with the command line the last couple of days. Being a command line noob, I am starting to see why all my geeky friends love working in it. I used to play around with BASIC back in the day, and the command line has a certain nostalgia about it in addition to being powerfully efficient in many ways. On to the fun…
I have a rather large BuddyPress + WordPress Multi-site installation that BackupBuddy has been choking on. All of my uploads total around 600MB, which is more than my server can zip up in one sitting.
So, I decided to try out the command line’s zip functionality, and it worked swimmingly! Below are the steps I took to zip up my blogs.dir directory (the folder that has all my uploads in it).
How to Zip a Folder Using Terminal or Command Line
- SSH into your website root via Terminal (on Mac) or your command line tool of choice.
- Navigate to the parent folder of the folder that you want to zip up using the “cd” command.
- Use the following command: zip -r mynewfilename.zip foldertozip/ or tar -pvczf BackUpDirectory.tar.gz /path/to/directory for gzip compression. In my case, I typed zip -r blogs.dir.zip blogs.dir/
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