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Keep track of diff progress

Terminal - Keep track of diff progress
watch -d "ls -l /proc/$!/fd"
2014-01-31 23:51:17
User: flatcap
Functions: watch
1
Keep track of diff progress

You're running a program that reads LOTS of files and takes a long time.

But it doesn't tell you about its progress.

First, run a command in the background, e.g.

find /usr/share/doc -type f -exec cat {} + > output_file.txt

Then run the watch command.

"watch -d" highlights the changes as they happen

In bash: $! is the process id (pid) of the last command run in the background.

You can change this to $(pidof my_command) to watch something in particular.

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Terminal - Alternatives
lsof -c diff -o -r1 | grep $file
2014-01-29 18:35:28
User: d0g
Functions: diff grep
2

When running a long `diff -r` over folders, this simulates a "verbose" mode where you can see where diff is in the tree.

Replace $file with the first part of the path being compared.

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