Symlinks in source path with --relative
spam_from_rsync at chezphil.org
Wed Aug 13 12:01:43 GMT 2008
I have a fairly straightforward backup script that does something like this:
rsync -a --delete --relative home/phil/important backupserver:/backup/foo/
This was working fine and, for example, /home/phil/important/file1 was
copied to /backup/foo/home/phil/important/file1 on the backup server.
But then I changed the disk partition arrangement on the source
machine. Before, /home was a filesystem; now there's a filesystem
called /data, and /home is a symlink to /data/home:
ls -l /
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Oct 9 2007 data
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Nov 21 2006 home -> data/home/
Now, it seems that rsync notices this symlink and tries to recreate it
on the backup server because of the -l implied by -a. This is not what
I want. However, I do want any symlinks inside /home/phil/important to
be copied as links, so I can't simply drop the -l.
I note that there are various options related to symlinks, but as far
as I can see none of them does what I want. Have I missed something?
Note that "cp --parents -a" seems to have the behaviour that I want.
Thanks for any suggestions,
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