rsync --link-dest option with the destination directory containing old files.

Matt McCutchen matt at
Tue Dec 23 21:25:02 GMT 2008

On Tue, 2008-12-23 at 15:07 -0600, Dave Dykstra wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 01:52:21PM -0500, Matt McCutchen wrote:
> > I too find the current semantics of basis dirs illogical and would
> > support an option for better semantics (though I think we should avoid
> > changing defaults some users may be relying on).  That's why I entered a
> > series of enhancement requests, the first of which is Robert's proposal:
> > 
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> > I would consider it worth forking rsync to have these features, if I
> > ever got around to doing so.
> It (that is, the proposal in your bug first report) sounds like not
> a very difficult or intrusive addition to me, and useful for rotating
> backups.  Wayne said he wouldn't write it, but maybe he'd accept it
> if someone else wrote it.  That would be better than forking unless
> it is more intrusive than it seems.

Of course that would be better.  My point was that I would be willing to
fork if necessary, as an indication of how important I believe the
feature is.


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