--link-dest vs. special files and owner/group changes

"Jürgen Fluk" louis.fluk at gmx.de
Sun Jan 20 16:03:02 GMT 2008

rsync 2.6.9 --link-dest does

- not hardlink special files (symlink, device nodes)
  This doesn't take much space, but it clutters the logfiles

- change owner/groupship on the hardlink
  So if I use a hard-linked-tree-per-day, it changes history also

Is this still the same with newer versions?
Are there options to modify this behavior?
If not, why not? :-)


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