no true incrementals with rsync?

tim h timhon at
Tue Jun 27 16:02:49 GMT 2006

I tried compare-dest... does it automatically hardlink, or does
link-dest hardlink or both? may my problem is I tested on a cygwin
windose macine and there is no linking.

On 6/26/06, Wayne Davison <wayned at> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 26, 2006 at 10:15:38AM -0700, tim594 wrote:
> > With traditional backup systems, you keep a base (full backup, let's
> > say every 30 days), then build incrementals on top of that, eg. (what
> > has changed since the base).
> That's what the --compare-dest=FULL_DIR option does.  See also the
> --link-dest=YESTERDAY option, which allows you to make each day's backup
> look like a full backup, but only take up the space of an incremental
> (due to the hard-links created between unchanged files).
> > With rsync 2.6.6, when i use --delete or --del with the --backup
> > command, the files it deletes are not backed up.
> They certainly should be (and they are in all the testing I've done).
> ..wayne..

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