not always making hard links?

John Van Essen vanes002 at
Fri Sep 10 12:11:37 GMT 2004

On Fri, 10 Sep 2004, Paul Slootman <paul at> wrote:
> I'm using 2.6.3pre1 to transfer a rather large Debian archive
> (126GB, more than 30 million files). It contains about 450 daily
> snapshots, where unchanged files are hardlinked between the snapshots
> (so many files have hunderds of links).
> It's been running for some time now, and I found that while it's far
> from done, it's already used 165GB on the receiving end. Investigation
> shows that hardlinked files are no longer hardlinked...
> The sender is the following command line:
>     rsync -avz --bwlimit=5000 /extra/pub/

To preserve hardlinks, you need to include the -H option (it's
not implied in the -a option).
        John Van Essen  Univ of MN Alumnus  <vanes002 at>

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