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hardlink(1)                                                        hardlink(1)

       hardlink - Consolidate duplicate files via hardlinks

       hardlink [-c] [-n] [-v] [-vv] [-h] directory1 [ directory2 ... ]

       This  manual  page  documents hardlink, a program which consolidates duplicate files in one or more directories
       using hardlinks.

       hardlink traverses one or more directories searching for duplicate files.  When it finds  duplicate  files,  it
       uses one of them as the master.  It then removes all other duplicates and places a hardlink for each one point-
       ing to the master file.  This allows for conservation of disk space where  multiple  directories  on  a  single
       filesystem contain many duplicate files.

       Since  hard links can only span a single filesystem, hardlink is only useful when all directories specified are
       on the same filesystem.

       -c        Compare only the contents of the files being considered for  consolidation.   Disregards  permission,
                 ownership and other differences.

       -n        Do not perform the consolidation; only print what would be changed.

       -v        Print summary after hardlinking.

       -vv       Print every hardlinked file and bytes saved. Also print summary after hardlinking.

       -h        Show help.

       hardlink was written by Jakub Jelinek <>.

       Man page written by Brian Long.

       Man page updated by Jindrich Novy <>