Anything specific to keep in mind restoring from rsync ?

Polytropon freebsd at
Fri Aug 25 10:49:03 UTC 2017

On Fri, 25 Aug 2017 01:58:05 +0000, Manish Jain wrote:
> My /rescue indeed now has all files therein as separate files (unique 
> inodes). If the system has any more hard links, then my box would be 
> hosting them as separate files.
> Is it okay if I keep using this box as-is-now (no hard links) ? The box 
> runs fantastically well.

It should be no problem. When you do a system update, files
get overwritten (unlinked) and re-instantiated, so the original
hardlinks should be back in place.

The key idea behind hardlinks will of course still work. A
program can decide upon the value of argv[0], which is the
name it is called by. For example, the programs in /rescue
behave totally different depending on that name, even though
it is _the same_ program whenever you execute it. This
mechanism does not change when they are individual binaries.

For example, I have a script in ~/bin with several symlinks
pointing to it, and depending on the name, the script's
behaviour changes. It's a "mass image converter" conv_, and
it is called conv_png2jpg, conv_dicom2jpg, conv_gif2png and
so on, and whenever I need another conv_<from>2<to>, I just
add a new symlink. The same would work with hardlinks. A sh
shell script can use `basename $0` for this decision.

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