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move files with progress bar

cp gets the job done but it would be nice if it had a little more feedback. Are there any utilities out there that do this? Personally, my ideal feedback would be a progress bar. But, I would take something as basic as output listing the files being copied as they are completed.


  1. gcp has a integrated progress bar
  2. rsync with the --progress option will show you the current file being copied
  3. pv supports progress bars. You can do something like pv source > target

Of course there are plenty of other ways to do the same (like using strace to hook into cp or patching the original cp)

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