link-dest and batch-file

Kevin Korb kmk at
Tue Jun 26 19:47:56 UTC 2018

I don't believe there is anything you can do with the batch options for
this.  If you added a --write-batch to each of those you would get 3
batch files that wouldn't be read without a --read-batch.  If you also
did a --read-batch that would contain differences between a backup and
the backup before it so rsync would still have to read the backup before
it to understand the batch (and this would continue on to the oldest
backup making the problem worse).

Anyway, what you were asking for sounds a lot like rdiff-backup.  I
didn't like it myself but maybe you would.

BTW, my experience with many millions of files vs rsync --link-dest is
that running the backup isn't a problem.  The problem came when it was
time to delete the oldest backup.  An rm -rf took a lot longer than an
rsync.  If you haven't gotten there yet maybe you should try one and see
if it is going to be as big a problem as I had.

On 06/26/2018 03:02 PM, Дугин Сергей via rsync wrote:
> Hello.
> I am launching a cron bash script that does the following:
> Day 1
> /usr/bin/rsync -aH --link-dest /home/backuper/.BACKUP/0000009/2018-06-25 root at /home/backuper/.BACKUP/0000009/2018-06-26
> Day 2
> /usr/bin/rsync -aH --link-dest /home/backuper/.BACKUP/0000009/2018-06-26 root at /home/backuper/.BACKUP/0000009/2018-06-27
> Day 3
> /usr/bin/rsync -aH --link-dest /home/backuper/.BACKUP/0000009/2018-06-27 root at /home/backuper/.BACKUP/0000009/2018-06-28
> and etc.
> The  backup server experiences a large flow of data when the quantity
> of  files  exceeds  millions, as rsync scans the files of the previous
> day   because   of  the  link-dest  option.  Is it possible to use the
> batch-file   mechanism   in   such  a  way,  so  that  when  using the
> link-dest  option,  the  file  with  the metadata from the current day
> could  the  executed  the  following  day  without  having to scan the
> folder, that is linked in the link-dest?
> Yours faithfully,
>   Sergey Dugin                       mailto:drug at

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