You face a problem where you want to remove a leading 'container' directory from an archive when extracting. This can happen when you're using the Puppet archive resource from puppetlabs-archive module.

archive { '/tmp/':
    extract => true,
    extract_path => '/srv/http/omeka_s',
    source => ''

Here we want to extract directly into /srv/http/omeka_s so that the index.php is created inside that directory. Problem is that the file contains an embedded directory, omeka-s. Note that it doesn't quite match our desired one, so we can't do the trick of extracting to /srv/http and relying on the archive structure to create the desired directories. [That's probably wise, as that approach is somewhat fragile.]

If it was a tar file, we could use tar --strip-components=1, but as it's a zip file we can't do this. Look on the net and you'll find many asking this question. It's 2019 and we still don't have a good solution for extracting archives without caring about the format. Well, there are two...

dtrx -- "do the right extraction" works well, except it's designed for the opposite of this situation. It's designed for avoiding tarbombs. In fact, we have a non-tarbomb when we actually desire a tarbomb. Still, it's worth a mention as it's packaged for many distributions.

7zip doesn't work because it does the equivalent of -j when using the -r option.

So here's my hacky python workaround. I was really hoping not to have to do this, and to be able to recommend a solution that was already packaged in Debian, but I couldn't find one, so this will have to do for now.

#! /usr/bin/env python3

import sys
import zipfile
import os
import shutil

strip_n = int(sys.argv[1])
zipfile_path = sys.argv[2]

with zipfile.ZipFile(zipfile_path) as the_zip:
    namelist = the_zip.namelist()

    for member in namelist:
        fixed_path = os.path.normpath(member)
        components = fixed_path.split(os.sep)

        if len(components) < strip_n:
            raise Exception('unexpected number of components in filename')

        stripped = components[strip_n:]
        target_path = os.path.join(*stripped)

        upperdirs = os.path.dirname(target_path)
        if upperdirs and not os.path.exists(upperdirs):

        with as source, open(target_path, "wb") as target:
            shutil.copyfileobj(source, target)