rsync failed: Too many links

Paul Slootman paul at
Thu Oct 27 09:06:55 GMT 2005

On Wed 26 Oct 2005, Kent Miller wrote:

> $ mkdir ~/briefcase/1205275
> mkdir: cannot create directory `1205275': Too many links
> Therefore, the limitation appears to be on the side of the ext3 file
> system, and unrelated to rsync.

If you have so many subdirectories that ext3 is complaining about "too
many links", then the performance will also be impacted badly.

> Of course, this means that I am really stuck.  In a push to standardize, I
> deployed debian sarge throughout my entire network.  All partitions are
> either ext3 or swap.

I use reiserfs everywhere (and Debian of course), but perhaps a better
directory layout would be more fruitful in your case.

Paul Slootman

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