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Re: dpkg and hardlinks

On Tue, 24 Mar 2009, Jerome Warnier wrote:
> For files from packages, though, deduplication might be a good idea, as
> dpkg is supposedly the only one to ever modify the files (under /usr for
> example).
> I don't know however how dpkg treats hardlinks. Does it "break" the
> hardlink before replacing a file or does it replace the file whatever
> its real nature is?

IIRC dpkg preserves hardlinks inside a binary package but I don't see how
it could do the same across multiple binary packages.

Raphaël Hertzog

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