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Progress and speed with ‘cp’?

I am executing a lot of commands of transferring data in Ubuntu using command line and these are really big file (both in numbers and size). So when I execute the cp command, I know the copy is taking place but I am not sure how much has been completed?

Is there some command or an option that I can add to the cp command, which will give me the idea how much file transfer has taken place?


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Not possible with plain cp. Has been asked many many times.

Use rsync instead with the --progress option. Works very similar to cp, like this:

$ rsync --progress sourcefile destinationfile

Also, people have been hacking around with wrapping cp, like described here.

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