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

"Jürgen Fluk" louis.fluk at gmx.de
Fri Jan 25 19:42:59 GMT 2008

On Thu, 24 Jan 2008 00:44:34 -0500, Matt McCutchen <matt at mattmccutchen.net> wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-01-20 at 17:03 +0100, "Jürgen Fluk" wrote:
> > 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
> Those behaviors are not the intended ones for rsync 2.6.9.  It is
> supposed to hardlink symlinks and devices (assuming the filesystem
> supports it and the configure-time test succeeded), and it is never
> supposed to mutate --link-dest basis files.  Please provide your rsync
> command line and some information about your machine so I can try to
> figure out why rsync is working incorrectly for you.
> Matt

Ok, turns out that I ran my (final) tests on a machine with rsync 2.6.4 - and 2.6.9 does it correctly. Sorry for the noise.


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