rsync shall ignore differences in meta (inode) data, but does not even with --size-only. -- If in combination with --link-dest.
Is there any flag I missed?

I use
rsync -avbuH --size-only --stats --delete-excluded --link-dest=/path/to/last "user@system:Shared/Data" /path/to/now

to sync backup-style and use the --link-dest option to minimize traffic (and space) and still have a full backup each time. So far nothing special. Now it happens that at the source side data changes are moderate, but meta information (like atime, mtime) do change a lot. I didn't find a solution to make rsync ignore these differences to use a link. --size-only and -t (implied by -a) work ok with a simple syncs, but obviously (for me) it does not in combination with --link-dest. I can understand the motivation behind this: rsync is not allowed to change meta data of the existing inode, nor can it neglect the change - or can it?


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