rsync and moving files [Re: backup w/ snapshots]

Norberto Meijome freebsd at
Mon Aug 29 14:32:42 GMT 2005

Svein Halvor Halvorsen wrote:
> * Svein Halvor Halvorsen [2005-08-28 23:53 +0200]
>> Does this sound reasonable? Is there any precautions I should take? Are 
>> there any other tools better suited for the task at hand?
> I'm responding to my own message.
> Let's say I happen to move all music from /music/artist - album/ to 
> /music/artist/album. Even though a local snapshot would handle this well, 
> rsync would create new files on the remote machine, and when I then take a 
> snapshot there, it will be HUGE! 

isn't that the whole point of having a backup? to have *another* copy of 
your files?

and I guess that yes, if the files are new in the remote system, when 
you take a snapshot the difference with the previous snapshot will be 
the size of the new data (only guessing from how snapshots work in 
Linux, so feel free to flame ..err..correct me :) )

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