link-dest storage saving on backup server not on usb hard drive

fglos feglos at
Thu Jun 26 19:42:49 GMT 2008

Matt, You hit it dead on.  Thanks so much.  This was making me crazy.  Bye,

Matt McCutchen-7 wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-06-25 at 12:50 -0700, fglos wrote:
>> I have setup rsync to backup another linux computer with the link-dest
>> option
>> and realized storage savings.  1st backup is 31gb, daily backups only
>> take
>> approx 4gb. But when I rsync with link-dest to usb external drive all
>> backups take up 31gb.  Following is 1st the one that works and 2nd with
>> no
>> storage savings.  Any ideas?  Thanks, Frank
>> rsync --exclude-from=/root/bkup_excludes -avz --delete -e "ssh -i
>> /root/cron/aebkup-rsync-key" --link-dest=/aeprodbk/current root at aeprod:/
>> /aeprodbk/$d >>$d.log
>> rsync --exclude-from=/root/bkup_excludes -av --delete
>> --link-dest=$dsk/current /aeprodbk/$d $dsk >> /usb$d.log
> The trouble is that on the second run, the file-list paths of the files
> begin with $d (since the source lacks a trailing slash), so the
> --link-dest option is looking for previous files under $dsk/current/$d .
> To fix this, add a trailing slash and adjust the destination
> correspondingly:
> rsync --exclude-from=/root/bkup_excludes -av --delete
> --link-dest=$dsk/current /aeprodbk/$d/ $dsk/$d >> /usb$d.log
> Matt
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