rsync in conjunction with the --link-dest option does not output deleted files

Wayne Davison wayned at
Sat Jan 19 10:29:17 MST 2013

On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 4:40 AM, Matthias Schniedermeyer <ms at> wrote:

> The alternativ (if possible) is to doing the link separatly and then rsync,
> instead of letting rsync doing the linking.
> The end-result is identical

No, it's not identical in one aspect -- file attribute changes to files
with identical content will change the attributes (permission, etc.) onto
the older, hard-linked versions.  Rsync's link-dest mode into a new
directory creates a new version of a file if it needs to give it different
attributes.  A pre-existing hard-linked copy of the files causes rsync to
just change the attributes on the file in-place (without breaking the
hard-link).  This can be a minor point for some people (if historical
permissions/ACLs/xattrs don't need to be accurate), but could be a deal
breaker for some.

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