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There's a difference between changing the file and replacing the file. According to this Microsoft page on Hard Links and Junctions, "Any changes to that file are instantly visible to applications that access it through the hard links that reference it." However, consider what happens when you replace a file: the file system deletes the file (in this case ...


Since 7-zip v9.33 alpha, it is possible to keep hardlinks and symbolic links in the .tar and .wim formats. Those can then be compressed again with 7-zip. Therefore: It is possible now, but requires an extra step. Source: http://www.7-zip.org/history.txt

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