ls has exa. cat has bat. I don't know of a direct alternative to rm, but it also has rmtrash.

All of these can usually work as drop-in alias replacements, retaining usual function and options of their commands but also including additional options, better highlighting and formatting and better defaults.

I still use the much more portable builtins in scripts, but richer commands make day-to-day shell use much more comfortable.

Are there such alternatives to cp and mv? The main feature that comes to mind is a progress bar, but another one would be a better overview of the action in interactive mode, and I'm sure there are many more potential improvements.

  • I've been using MC for that (even since Volcov Commander/Norton Commander/Dos Navigator/Far File Manager). I don't understand why people insist on using cp and mv with which you can easily make stupid mistakes and lose a lot of data. Check this as well: askubuntu.com/questions/17275/… Sep 9, 2021 at 17:47
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    Does this answer your question? How can I move files and view the progress (e.g. with a progress bar)? Sep 9, 2021 at 17:51
  • @ArtemS.Tashkinov This is interesting, but it does not exactly answer my question. I'm looking for fully fledged alternatives that are created to be a kind of "modern" version of the old commands, with extra features that make behaviour overall more user friendly. While one such feature would be a progress bar, it's not specifically what I'm looking for. Thanks for the links though!
    – Atai Ambus
    Sep 13, 2021 at 13:09
  • grep has ripgrep which works very fast.
    – paradroid
    Sep 20, 2022 at 17:58


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