Question on --backup --backup-dir Switches For Incremental Backs

Matt McCutchen hashproduct+rsync at
Fri Feb 16 23:55:00 GMT 2007

On 2/16/07, Wayne Davison <wayned at> wrote:
> I'm trying to imagine how that would be useful because one of the things
> that the options do is to control how the destination hierarchy is
> populated, and there's only one destination hierarchy.  About the only
> useful combination I can come up with would be using --compare-dest for
> the first arg, indicating that you want a sparse destination, and then
> link-dest for the rest of the args, indicating that you want to try to
> hard-link changed files to prior versions when a change occurs.  Do you
> have any other combination of options in mind?

For one, I think any combination of --copy-dest and --link-dest makes
sense, because you might have lots of directories with old files that
might as well be used to speed the transfer and it might be acceptable
to hard-link unchanged files from some of those directories but not


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