DO NOT REPLY [Bug 4803] New: link-dest folder is not validated

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Thu Jul 19 19:12:54 GMT 2007

           Summary: link-dest folder is not validated
           Product: rsync
           Version: 3.0.0
          Platform: Other
        OS/Version: Mac OS X
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: core
        AssignedTo: wayned at
        ReportedBy: smokin.jake at
         QAContact: rsync-qa at

While I get error messages if the Source or Destination is invalid, I don't get
one for an invalid --link-dest . A link-dest of $HOME/... works while ~/... 
does not. 
rsync -avi  --link-dest=$HOME/Desktop/folder2  ~/Desktop/folder1/
rsync -avi  --link-dest=../Desktop/folder2  ~/Desktop/folder1/
will both hard link,
rsync -avi --link-dest=~/Desktop/folder2  ~/Desktop/folder1/ ~/Desktop/folder3/
does not.
The problem is componded by the lack of a warning message

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