I have a dedicated Ubuntu server with hetzner.de. hetzner also provides a separate backup space accessible via
In their support document about backups, the following line is mentioned.
"The direct use of rsync is not possible. The backup space can however be locally mounted using smbfs, sshfs or ftpfs, allowing a limited use of rsync. To take full advantage of rsync (such as incremental backups using hardlinks) an image file must be created, which should be mounted via loopback."
I would like to use rsync with incremental backups using hardlinks. I think by loopback they mean http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loop_device. Can any one help on how I can create an image from the network location?