Hard links

Ben Escoto bescoto@stanford.edu
Tue, 12 Mar 2002 11:11:33 -0800

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>>>>> "ND" == Nick Duffek <nick@duffek.com>
>>>>> wrote the following on Tue, 12 Mar 2002 08:37:58 -0500 (EST)

  ND> However, text files tend to change more frequently and in a
  ND> diff-friendly fashion.  Would you agree that usually it would
  ND> waste space to snapshot them instead of diffing them?


  ND> What about viewing hard links in rdiff-backup-data as a special
  ND> case of compression, i.e. of noticing similarities between files
  ND> and saving the similar sections once instead of multiple times?

  ND> If there were long-term plans for rdiff-backup to do that for
  ND> all files, then the hard-link space savings question could be
  ND> ignored, since eventually it would become irrelevant.

Hmm, I'm not sure I understand..  Could you explain what you mean?

  ND> Yes, hard links in rdiff-backup-data would save me a small
  ND> amount of space, but it would complicate the task of manually
  ND> fixing things when there's something wrong, which for me
  ND> counterbalances the small space benefit.

Ok, this makes sense.  And not having to worry about increments in
rdiff-backup-data would make saving hard links even easier.  Well,
I'll see if I can get around to actually doing this sometime soon.

Ben Escoto

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