I want to copy a folder with some kind of progress bar. I tried "pv" (Pipe Viewer) but it seems there is no way to copy a folder.

Actually I'm not interested in using a script for pv - I would prefer some 'ready-to-go' package.


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You could try rsync, it has a --progress option and it can copy recursively -r and -v will add more output.

rsync -r --progress srcdir destdir
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    This gives per file progress... Pretty useless for me, as I want to know when everything finishes
    – Cookie
    Jun 17, 2015 at 8:16

Have you tried rsync with the --progress option? You can use rsync locally - doesn't need to be across a network. Here are some examples.

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