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I am using Ubuntu 12.04 as a repo and would like to view a progress bar when using rsync from the command line. I tried the option suggested in this article (-P), but I prefer to see a progress bar and not use Grsync. I am using rsync -P source dest currently.

  • Have you read this? stackoverflow.com/questions/238073/… – A.B. Apr 14 '15 at 19:16
  • I appreciate the fast response. I look forward to researching this. – Joseph Smith Apr 14 '15 at 19:26
  • That was a good start but I need to know how to make the progress bar update as rsync is working. A friend said that I need to implement the server size and implement a watch command with pipe. – Joseph Smith Apr 14 '15 at 19:55
  • There is an answer :) – A.B. Apr 16 '15 at 5:44
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How about this?

rsync_param="-av"
rsync "$rsync_param" a/ b |\
     pv -lep -s $(rsync "$rsync_param"n a/ b | awk 'NF' | wc -l)
  • $rsync_param

    Avoids double input of parameters

  • $(rsync "$rsync_param"n a/ b | awk 'NF' | wc -l)

    Determines the number of steps to complete.

  • a/ b

    1. a/ is the source
    2. b is the target
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    @JosephSmith Were you satisfied with my answer? Then give me a upvote (∧). If I could solve your problem, then it would be nice if you'd mark my answer (✓). ;) – A.B. Apr 18 '15 at 14:52
  • I accepted this a couple days ago with a big smile. I just un selected and accepted it again though. I do not think I can up vote because I do not have enough credit. Thanks for the assistance btw. – Joseph Smith Apr 21 '15 at 12:53
  • Any ideas why I get an error, no file or directory found? The command I run is: root@cto:/repo/ubuntu# rsync "$rsync_param" -a --prune-empty-dirs --exclude "*.iso" archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/indices/ /repo/ubuntu/indices | pv -lep -s $(rsync "$rsync_param"n archive.ubuntu.com/indices/ /repo/ubuntu/indices | awk 'NF' | wc -l) – Joseph Smith Apr 28 '15 at 12:20
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    "$rsync_param"n is rather strange; the quotes mean it can only work on options with no spaces, and attaching the n to the end means it can only work with short options. Much clearer and easier is simply $rsync_param -n, which specifies dry-run without relying on the format of rsync_param, and by not quoting it, long options could be included as well – Izkata Nov 18 '16 at 5:24
  • Worked first time, except noticed it doesn’t displays transfer rate – Ciasto piekarz Nov 4 '17 at 16:28
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rsync has a --info option that can be used to not only output the current progress, but also the transfer rate and elapsed time:

--info=FLAGS            fine-grained informational verbosity

The explanation of how to use it comes under the -P option in the man page:

-P     The -P option is equivalent to --partial --progress.  Its purpose is to
       make it much easier to specify these two options for a long transfer that
       may be interrupted.

       There is also a --info=progress2 option that outputs statistics based on
       the whole transfer, rather than individual files.  Use this flag
       without  out‐putting  a  filename  (e.g. avoid -v or specify --info=name0)
       if you want to see how the transfer is doing without scrolling the screen 
       with  a  lot  of names.   (You  don’t  need  to specify the --progress
       option in order to use --info=progress2.)

So the following:

rsync -r --info=progress2 --info=name0 "$src" "$dst"

Results in the following being output and continuously updated:

18,757,542,664 100%   65.70MB/s    0:04:32 (xfr#1389, to-chk=0/1510)

Note that when the transfer starts the total number of chunks, and therefore the current progress, can change when the recursive option is used as more files are discovered for syncing

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You can use --progress and --stats parameters.

rsync -avzh --progress --stats root@server:/path/to/file output_name

root@server's password: 
receiving incremental file list
file
         98.19M  54%    8.99MB/s    0:00:08
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    This worked for me on macOS. – mango Oct 23 '18 at 20:05
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This finally worked:

rsync "$rsync_param" -a --prune-empty-dirs --exclude "*.iso" rsync://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/indices/ /repo/ubuntu/indices | pv -lep -s $(rsync "$rsync_param"n rsync://archive.ubuntu.com/indices/ /repo/ubuntu/indices | awk 'NF' | wc -l)
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If your version of rsync does not accept the --info=progress2 option, you can use tqdm:

To install:

pip install tqdm

To use:

$ rsync -av /source /dest | tqdm --unit_scale | wc -l
10.0Mit [00:02, 3.58Mit/s]
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Yeah, do what Jon said: use the --info=progress2 option. But, what do I do if my version of rsync is too old and doesn't support this option? Answer: upgrade rsync!

Here's how to build rsync from source on Ubuntu

(tested on Ubuntu 16.04)

  1. Download latest version of rsync: https://download.samba.org/pub/rsync/src/. Ex: "rsync-3.1.3.tar.gz". Save it in a directory WITH NO SPACES AT ALL to ensure it builds right.
  2. In your folder explorer, right-click it and go to "Extract Here".
  3. Enter the extracted folder (ex: "rsync-3.1.3")
  4. Right-click the screen in your folder manager and go to "Open in Terminal." Alternatively, do steps 2 through 4 manually on the command line. Ultimately you just need to be cded into this extracted directory containing the rsync source code.
  5. Check current version of rsync. Make note of this so you can see later it actually got updated.

    rsync --version
    
  6. Install necessary tools:

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install yodl
    
  7. Build:

    ./configure
    make
    sudo make install
    
  8. Ensure it was updated:

    rsync --version
    

    Sample output:

    $ rsync --version
    rsync  version 3.1.3  protocol version 31
    Copyright (C) 1996-2018 by Andrew Tridgell, Wayne Davison, and others.
    Web site: http://rsync.samba.org/
    Capabilities:
        64-bit files, 64-bit inums, 64-bit timestamps, 64-bit long ints,
        socketpairs, hardlinks, symlinks, IPv6, batchfiles, inplace,
        append, no ACLs, xattrs, iconv, symtimes, prealloc
    
    rsync comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.  This is free software, and you
    are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.  See the GNU
    General Public Licence for details.
    
  9. Search the man pages for "progress2". You'll now have access to the --info=progress2 option:

    man rsync
    

    ...then press / key and type progress2; press Enter to search for it; press n for the 'n'ext match until you find the entry you're looking for:

    There is also a --info=progress2 option that outputs statistics based on the whole transfer, rather than individual files. Use this flag without outputting a filename (e.g. avoid -v or specify --info=name0) if you want to see how the transfer is doing without scrolling the screen with a lot of names. (You don’t need to specify the --progress option in order to use --info=progress2.)

Also see: "How to use rsync", by Gabriel Staples: https://superuser.com/questions/1271882/convert-ntfs-partition-to-ext4-how-to-copy-the-data/1464264#1464264

Partial References:

  1. http://www.beginninglinux.com/home/backup/compile-rsync-from-source-on-ubuntu

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