Many file systems support "hard links" where a file appear under several different names. The names are all equally good and the underlying storage is only freed when all names are deleted.

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What is the difference between a soft (symbolic) link and a hard link?

I hear that you can now create soft links in Vista too. So, what is the difference between a soft (symbolic) link and a hard link on UNIX/Linux/Vista? Are there advantages of using one over the ...
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Rsnapshot to multiple destinations (or maintain hard links structure)

I'm doing a backup of multiple external servers on a local machine using rsnapshot and it's working beautifully. Now, I'd like to clone the destination snapshots on an external disk that will be ...
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rsync with --hard-links freezes

I have a large directory called servers, which contains many hard-links made by rsnapshot. That means that the structure is more or less like: ./servers ./servers/daily.0 ./servers/daily.0/file1 ...