Is --sparse suitable for general purpose use?

Karl O. Pinc kop at
Wed Sep 5 09:45:36 MDT 2012


I'm using rsync with --link-dest to do backups.
I don't have any sparse files, but someday I might.
Should I be using --sparse?

I notice that -S is not implied by -a.  This makes
me suspicious that --sparse is not (yet?) suitable
for general purpose use.  There also seem to be
outstanding bugs related to --sparse.


Karl <kop at>
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