[Dirvish] hardlink command

Dirk Melchers mailinglists at nureg.de
Tue Sep 10 07:40:17 UTC 2013


I could imagine a good result in using hardlinks between backups of DIFFERENT servers. We backup a lot of Linux servers on one backup server, and all these linux installation share the same distribution files. So "de-duping" these vaults could really decrease the used disk space! 

@Issac: which hardlink command do you use?

Best regards,

Dirk Melchers.

Am 06.09.2013 um 11:17 schrieb Dave Howorth:

> Tamas Papp wrote:
>> On 09/06/2013 02:52 AM, Isaac W Traxler wrote:
>>> First, I am a happy user of dirvish. It has really made my life better.
>>> Why not run the hardlink command as part of the post of dirvish?
>>> Every once in a while I run the hardlink command against hte file systems 
>>> and it always finds some (sometimes a lot of files). I learned to do this 
>>> as the last step in mirroring Linux distros.
>> Can you elaborate this? I'm not sure, I understand, what you mean.
> I take it that Isaac is referring to:
> http://linux.die.net/man/1/hardlink
> I'd never heard of it (learn something every day :) but it seems like
> faster-dupemerge. I don't know the pros and cons of hardlink specifically.
> I suppose that it should not be necessary to run hardlink after dirvish,
> in theory. dirvish uses rsync and instructs it to make hard links
> between the backups. Any dupes in the original data are better fixed by
> running hardlink or similar on the original data, not the backup.
> So I guess I too am saying to Isaac, please can you elaborate? Under
> what circumstances do you find duplicate, unlinked files in the dirvish
> backup?
> Cheers, Dave
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