[Bug 10637] rsync --link-dest should break hard links when encountering "Too many links"

L. A. Walsh rsync at tlinx.org
Thu Jun 5 23:08:46 MDT 2014

samba-bugs at samba.org wrote:

> https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10637
> --- Comment #1 from Karl O. Pinc <kop at meme.com> 2014-05-28 19:05:04 UTC ---
> Yum is also rsync happy.  That's where our --link-dest backups always break due
> to too many hard links.


What would be "too many"? -- a few million?  I have files in a test
setup that have over 7000 files hard linked (only an 8 byte file, but since
minimum block size is 4K, that would be 28MB w/o the hard link v. 4k with.

It would NOT be good for rsync to start breaking
links w/standard options.  Maybe a new option
to allow link breaking?

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