[csw-users] Why this strange behavior coping /opt/csw

Laurent Blume laurent at opencsw.org
Sat Aug 31 10:25:08 CEST 2013

On 2013-08-29 10:17 PM, Harry Putnam wrote:
> Running Openindiana (solaris branch) and using some csw tools too.
> csw stuff is installed at /opt/csw.  Since my root pool space is
> shrinking I thought I might move all of /opt off on a different zpool
> on a different disc.  Then just put a symlink in place at /opt.

Using a symlink is a terrible idea, and furthermore - why? You can just
set your new dataset mountpoint to be /opt.

To be clear: if you use symlinks, updates expecting it to be a directory
can just remove the symlink and recreate as an empty directory. This was
particularly true in S10; on IPS, I expect that "pkg fix" would not be
happy about them either.

> I decided to do it with rsync and after rsyncing everything to /t1/opt
>  (rsync -avv /opt/ /t1/opt/ )
> But when I check the result with du I find a huge difference in size.
> the original /opt shows 355 MB but the copied opt shows only 173 MB
> I thing tried with copy  using gnu copy  and did 'cp -a' /opt/t1/
> Again it comes up with the big difference in size..
> Any ideas what could explain that?

Posting exactly what you did would help understand. Also, you can do a
"find . | sort > file" in each directory and compare the files.


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