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I am trying to copy large amounts of data using SSH so all I have is the CLI. I am using the cp -a /source/* /dest/ method but I can't tell how fast it is copying or what the progress is. Is there anything I can add to this command to see this info?

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  • @bodhi.zazen OP's connecting via SSH, but all the copying is done on the remote system itself from what I can tell. – muru Oct 27 '14 at 17:38
  • I would still use rsync, more with large files as it eliminates duplication of effort. – Panther Oct 27 '14 at 18:09
  • @bodhi.zazen that's the third suggestion in askubuntu.com/questions/17275/progress-and-speed-with-cp – muru Oct 27 '14 at 18:34
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I'd suggesting using rsync instead:

rsync -aP /source/* /dest/

It's the P argument here doing most of the magic. It should show you an accurate enough progress report for each file.

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