rsync and symbolic links (fwd)

Gerhard Wiesinger lists at
Sat Oct 13 08:40:38 GMT 2007

Hello Wayne!

Any plans to implement the feature in rsync 3.0 to copy the link and the 
linked item to make backups perfect?




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Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2006 18:39:19 +0100 (CET)
From: Gerhard Wiesinger <lists at>
To: Wayne Davison <wayned at>
Cc: rsync at
Subject: Re: rsync and symbolic links

On Sat, 4 Nov 2006, Wayne Davison wrote:

So turns out that I want a "feature request" which copies the link itself 
(file or directory) and the linked file/directory itself. So then I have a 
"perfect" backup (the link is not valid when it is absolute but it works 
well on restore). Currently I only have the symbolic link of the 
file/directory but not the contents itself (which is useless on restore 
because I don't have the data).

When the feature with copying the link itself and the contents would be 
implemented I have a "perfect" copy. When I copy the files backup on disaster 
recovery the links work well again. (after replacing the OS).

Do you plan to implement this feature request?

Thank you for the answer.


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