Confused as to why rsync thinks time, owner and group of many files differ

Wayne Davison wayne at
Mon Feb 7 16:58:28 UTC 2022

On Thu, Feb 3, 2022 at 2:23 PM Andy Smith via rsync <rsync at>

> When rsync considers times as being different, it means mtime, right? Yet
> these files have identical mtimes. They also have identical uid, gid and
> permissions.

They  do now, but it looks like you have lots of files hard-linked together
and presumably 2 of them aren't the same anymore on the source. Thus, the
file gets modified to the other version during the transfer and then
modified back elsewhere in the transfer.

If you get rid of the --inplace option, rsync will be able to separate them.

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