I think the important point here is the number of hard-links, rsync
can have problems in those situations because it has to search them
all and keep track of them

> > I am trying to backup a large directory tree with BackupPC v4.? This
> > directory is 660GB and contains over 25 million files with about 3
> > million hard links.? The initial backup ran for 2 weeks before dying
> > with an rsync error.? It is showing as a partial backup, but it doesn't
> > show a file count.
> My 'home' directory on my desktop machine at work for example is half
> that size, and just over a million files, although it contains only a
> few thousand hard links.

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