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How would I go about determining if Google Chrome is downloading something, and getting the "percent-done" value of that download, from the terminal using a Python, Perl, or Bash script?

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I don't believe you can. To get the Chromium progress bar to work in Unity launcher, the flow of information is in reverse. Chromium is telling Unity about the progress rather than Unity asking. You can see the API used for that here.

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