ZFS backups: retrieving a few files?

Thomas Ronner thomas at ronner.org
Tue Nov 23 12:56:03 UTC 2010

On 11/23/10 1:45 PM, Andrew Reilly wrote:
> No, I don't like tar, rsync and friends for backups: they don't
> deal well with hard links, special files or sparse files.

rsync -avHxS --delete --numeric-ids /src/. /dst/.

Handles sparse files (S) and hard links (H). Never had any trouble with 
special files. What sort of special files are not handled correctly by 
rsync? I'd like to know because I'm relying on rsync for backups for 
years on my home network.


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