rsync 2.5.7 link-dest seems broken

jw schultz jw at
Tue Dec 30 12:49:18 EST 2003

On Tue, Dec 30, 2003 at 12:27:21AM +0000, gname at wrote:
> Hi --
> I'm experiencing problems when using rsync between two different machines.
> Details follows:
> Both machines are running 2.4.23, rsync versions on both are identically
> configured versions of 2.5.7:
> rsync  version 2.5.7  protocol version 26
> Copyright (C) 1996-2002 by Andrew Tridgell and others
> <>
> Capabilities: 64-bit files, socketpairs, hard links, symlinks, batchfiles, 
>               IPv6, 64-bit system inums, 64-bit internal inums
> I'm using rsync across ssh in all cases.
> If i use --link-dest to copy/link a directory tree from hosta -> hosta (over
> ssh) this will work, files will be copied and linked.  Between hostb -> hostb
> also works, files will be copied and linked. hosta -> hostb or vice versa
> doesn't work. 
> In the latter case rsync reports a speed up, so i presume it is using some of
> the existing content to optimize network usage.  However the speed up is very
> much lower than in the first two cases.
> AFAICT rsync should use numeric id's only when requested, and the user and
> group name combinations are identical on both sides.

Since you don't show command lines i cannot comment.

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