Say you're submitting some pictures of kitchen gadgets to Strange Cooks Weekly. You need to zip up your images before sending them, and you're contractually obligated to use Ruby to do it. Here's how.
require 'rubygems' require 'zip/zip' puts "Zipping files!" file_path = "Users/me/Pictures/kitchen_implements" file_list = ['toast_mitten.png', 'gravy_jug.png', 'biscuit_juicer.png'] zipfile_name = "/Users/me/Desktop/someFile.zip" Zip::ZipFile.open(zipfile_name, Zip::ZipFile::CREATE) do |zipfile| file_list.each do |filename| # Two arguments: # - The name of the file as it will appear in the archive # - The original file, including the path to find it zipfile.add(filename, file_path + '/' + filename) end end
Note that if the zip file already exists, this script will try to add stuff to it. If you try to add a file that's already in the archive, it will complain.