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September 19th, 2008, 10:58 AM
Hi Guys,

Just wondering if it is possible to see the percentage when copying a file or even the amount currently done.... ie when coping a large file such as 4gigs, on to a different disc i would like to see how much it has currently done.. I have tried with the following:

mv -v /dir/file /locationdir/file
cp -v /dir/file /locationdir/file
tar cvf - file | (cd /locationdir/ tar xvfp -)

These dont show this, anyway to show what i want to see or is it impossible?


September 19th, 2008, 11:03 AM
A quick man mv and man cp do not show anything like it. I do remember doing a lengthy cp operation on Mint and being completely astounded at the sight of a progression bar in the terminal, so it's possible, but apparently not with the regular mv and cp.

September 19th, 2008, 12:00 PM
Thanks for the reply,

It does not have to be using these commands, i just want too be able to see it, because i find it annoying when waiting for a file to transfer and i cant even tell how much it currently has transfered.. Maybe its just me who finds that annoying?

September 19th, 2008, 12:32 PM
Well well.

Apparently a patched version of coreutils does this (source : a Gentoo user).

URL : http://www.aichler.net/fileutils/ (for patching and installation instructions)

I'll have to test this tonight.

September 19th, 2008, 12:54 PM
well let me no the outcome.. as i'm new to linux/ubuntu etc :) And i dont trust my self so much!



September 19th, 2008, 01:35 PM
Hrmm...not to sound smart here, but if you're using Nautilus -- it will show you the progress of the file operation. Unless you perfer using CLI only.


September 19th, 2008, 01:51 PM
The difference for large files is huge. In a test just now nautilus was copying at 8meg/second. With cp it was more like 100 meg/sec, (estimated of course).

September 19th, 2008, 03:16 PM
i want to use CLI....

September 19th, 2008, 04:27 PM
See if this helps : http://clpbar.sourceforge.net/

September 19th, 2008, 07:04 PM
The URL I gave previously has instructions on how to patch mv and cp for version fileutils 4.something. As cp and mv are now on coreutils 6.10 (and 6.12 is available from ftp.gnu.org), I decided to grab the patch from Gentoo and apply it myself.

Of note is a bit of text from the top of the patch :

Upstream has been contacted about this a few times ...

they dont want progress bars in mv/cp:

but they don't seem to mind a general util ... add this to future patchset:
Upstream being, here, the coreutils devs. Apparently a bug has been filed in both Debian and Ubuntu as well. Debian marked the bug a non-issue and refused to fix it ; it's still on a Confirmed, Wishlist status for Ubuntu. I personally don't see the problem with a progress bar, especially if it's not the default, but oh well.

So I got the source, and the patch, and applied the patch to the source, and lo and behold, the patch failed (partially). So I fixed what had failed, and ./configure'd and make'd (sic), and lo and behold, it failed to compile.

As I am definitely not up to the task of fixing this manually, I'm giving up for now. I'll try and see if I can get a patched coreutils from a Gentoo user.

September 19th, 2008, 08:25 PM
See the link I gave you.

bar -if /mnt/Data/ISO/ubuntu-8.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso -of ./ubuntu-8.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso
34.6MB at 4.9MB/s eta: 0:02:13 4% [== ]

bar compiled without any problem and you should read the man page for usage.

The above command copied the Ubuntu iso to the current directory w/ a nice progress bar to go with :twisted:

September 22nd, 2008, 10:01 AM
See the link I gave you.

bar compiled without any problem and you should read the man page for usage.

The above command copied the Ubuntu iso to the current directory w/ a nice progress bar to go with :twisted:

Thats Brillant, thanks very much! :)

Thankyou to all of you Aswell...