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I am running a Linux Mint workstation at home and I am following the backup strategy from this page: The destination drive is a eSata drive identical to the internal drive and my rsync command looks like this:

sudo rsync -vaxAX --delete --ignore-errors / /media/backup/

where my external eSata drive is mounted on /media/backup/. I run into a slight problem with this rsync command: rsync will not go into and recurse down the /home directory. The home/ dir is created at the destination, but it stops there. If I change my source dir from / to /home/ than everything is fine. Am I doing something wrong or is this behavior by design?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

-x tells rsync to not cross filesystem boundaries. /home is a separate filesystem on that machine.

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That's a better explanation @Ignacio – pavium Jun 20 '11 at 10:28
That is correct... /home is on its own partition... obvious in hindsight... – Jonas Gorauskas Jun 20 '11 at 15:46

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