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I have directories sorted by date on different physical drives:


How can I get them to appear in a single folder, without using symbolic links?


Can I "mount" the folders to another folder? The reason I shy away from symlinks is because when I use applications like rsync and scp, I'd like to be able to copy to the symbolically linked directory without worrying about special flags to ensure the symlinks are followed.


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can't you just remount them each one in its year's folder ? – Hanan N. Dec 26 '11 at 14:37
Some drives have multiple years. – ensnare Dec 26 '11 at 18:34
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Two options:

1) Use Hard symlinks. Rsync doesn't need special flags to traverse these, because they look like part of the filesystem. - Of course, this only works on the same filesystem, which doesn't apply.

2) A bind mount. sudo mount -o bind /source /dest.

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Hard links are only possible on the same filesystem. Just delete your first option. – Jeff Strunk Dec 26 '11 at 14:38
Is there any performance degradation to using a bind mount? – ensnare Dec 26 '11 at 18:24
Not as far as I know... As with everything though, test test test! – growse Dec 26 '11 at 19:38

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