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I want to mirror some home directories to a remote location, but don't want to follow links that point outside the tree. Links pointing with the directories themselves are okay.

I also want the links to be present in the mirror, ie they should be present, only their targets won't be available. It is similar to when you create a tar archive. The links are present when the archive is untarred, with the targets missing.

Is this possible with rsync.

  • This is the default behavior. rsync does not dereference symlinks without you telling it to. – Patrick Sep 26 '14 at 3:17
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Use archive mode to achieve this

rsync -a

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