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I prefer the CLI environment to the GUI environment, so I often use the cp command to copy instead of doing it through the Nautilus UI, however there is a slight downside to this as when copying large files/folders, I am unable to see the progress of the copying. So is there any way in Terminal to view the progress of the cp command? Perhaps a percentage which updates, or a wget style text load bar?


OS Information:

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 15.04
Release:    15.04
Codename:   vivid
Flavour: GNOME
GNOME Version: 3.16

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  • Does the -v flag do anything? – TheWanderer Aug 24 '15 at 13:46
  • @Zacharee1: That just appears to show me what I am copying to where. – user364819 Aug 24 '15 at 13:53
  • If you wnat to use cp for some reason, a quick way to do this would be watch ls -lh <destination-file> as suggested in this Askubuntu question. – daltonfury42 Aug 24 '15 at 14:03