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Print one . instead of each line

Terminal - Print one . instead of each line
alias ...="awk '{fflush(); printf \".\"}' && echo \"\""
2014-02-22 22:20:22
User: lgarron
Functions: alias
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Print one . instead of each line

If you're running a command with a lot of output, this serves as a simple progress indicator.

This avoids the need to use `/dev/null` for silencing. It works for any command that outputs lines, updates live (`fflush` avoids buffering), and is simple to understand.

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Terminal - Alternatives
alias ...='while read line; do echo -n "."; done && echo ""'
2014-03-17 17:34:19
User: fpunktk
Functions: alias echo read
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this version only uses shell builtins

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That's quite useful.

Now can you please delete the two duplicates, of this command, you created.

Comment by flatcap 22 weeks and 2 days ago

Hmm, apparently the save button for "edit" created copies for me. I've removed them, though. :-)

Comment by lgarron 22 weeks and 2 days ago

I had to leave all the backslashes out for this to work.

awk '{fflush(); printf "."}' && echo ""
Comment by kennyld 21 weeks and 5 days ago

@kennyld Yep, you could directly pipe into that for a script.

I like the poetic use of a "..." alias, though.

Comment by lgarron 21 weeks and 5 days ago

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