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Re: Bug#509685: ITP: hardlink -- Hardlink multiple copies of the same file

On Thu, Dec 25, 2008 at 12:04:43PM -0600, John Goerzen wrote:
> Julian Andres Klode wrote:
> > 
> >  Hardlink is a tool which detects multiple copies of the same file and replaces
> >  them with hardlinks.
> >  .
> >  The idea has been taken from http://code.google.com/p/hardlinkpy/, but the
> >  code has been written from scratch and licensed under the MIT license.
> Do we really need another tool like this?
> We already have these packages:
>   fdupes
>   perforate
AFAIK, they do not replace files, they just find them.
> Plus a host of tools that do backups, datapacker that packs things onto
> DVDs, and the like, using hard links.
hardlink can be used to link files in multiple backup trees,
and also features options to maximize/minimize the link count,
and much more.

Imagine you have two backups, each on a different filesystem. Now you
want to have them both on one filesystem. In this situation, you can use
hardlink to link all common files in the backups together.

Julian Andres Klode  - Free Software Developer
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