I have a folder on a local machine and want to rsync to a folder on a remote machine. I would like to evaluate the copy against a folder on the remote machine --link-dest. The target directory will then be hardlinked to the link--destination folder.

I keep getting no such file or directory errors:

rysnc -avh -e `ssh -p 2346` --link-dest=user@remote:home/user/techapps/backup user@remote:/home/user/techapps/target

Is this possible to do ? or am I just writing it wrong?


When specifying the --link-dest option for a destination that is on a remote host, your path should be given as a relative path from the perspective of the destination path. Don't use the user@host:full path syntax.

Of course since the goal is for hard links, it is obviously required for the destination path, and the link-dest path to both exist on the same filesystem.



If DIR is a relative path, it is relative to the destination directory.

  • Hey thanks for the response - still having problems should I put the link-dest as ../backup ? The destination and link-destination are in the same folder on the remote machine - the source is on local - tried lots of combinations but keeps saying linkdest no such file or directory (2) – howard Sep 11 '14 at 15:46
  • What do you mean the link-dest and destination are the same folder? That doesn't make any sense? – Zoredache Sep 11 '14 at 16:27
  • Think I got it - those back ticks were messing it up - it works now but the hardlinks dont seem to be there ie the files in the linkdest folder dont state that there is 2 only 1 same in the destination – howard Sep 11 '14 at 17:04
  • Got it ! Two days :) Never did the initial backup - hardlinks working. – howard Sep 11 '14 at 17:46
  • You should post what you had to do to solve your problem if it fixing it wasn't related to my answer. – Zoredache Sep 11 '14 at 17:47

Ok the relative path part worked ie --link-dest=../full and the rest was double quotes on the "ssh -p 2346" not back ticks. The hardlinks weren't present because I was concentrating too hard on getting --link-dest working that I never did an initial back from source to link dest folder. Sorry never used this site before but thanks again the relative path suggestion sorted it.

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