Regarding fdupes

Dear readers,

There is a very useful tool for finding and merging shared permanent storage, and its name is fdupes. There was a terrible occurrence in the software after version 1.51, however. They removed the -L argument because too many people were complaining about lost data. It sounds like user error to me, and so I continue to use this one. I have to build from source, since the newer versions do not have the -L option.

And so there you are. I recommend using it, even though this most useful feature has been deprecated and removed from the software. Perhaps there should be a fdupes-danger package in Debian?

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5 responses to “Regarding fdupes”

  1. You might want to try hardlink instead; or one of the other alternatives. Performance depends on your use case though, hardlink only does comparisons, and no hashing for example.

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