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dd with progress bar

Terminal - dd with progress bar
dd if=/dev/nst0 |pv|dd of=restored_file.tar
2010-04-07 09:21:18
User: oernii2
Functions: dd
dd with progress bar

piping through 'pv' shows a simple progress/speed bar for dd. This is a replacement for my otherwise favorite 'while :;do killall -USR1 dd;sleep 1;done'


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Is the pv command system specific? I've checked a bunch of my machines and have not found it.

What system was this tested on?


Mikel King

Comment by mikelking 262 weeks and 2 days ago

pv is a program available at this address: http://www.ivarch.com/programs/pv.shtml

it has been packaged for a few linux distributions and is written in C.

Comment by bwoodacre 262 weeks and 2 days ago

On debian/ubuntu/chubuntu:

sudo aptitude install pv

Comment by point_to_null 262 weeks and 2 days ago

for centos/rhel its available in rpmforge repo

Comment by oernii2 232 weeks and 6 days ago

A slight improvement on the above which will show a more useful progress bar by specifying the size parameter to pv:

% dd if=input_file | pv -s `du -bc input_file | cut -f 1 --output-delimiter=" " | head -1` | dd of=output_file

Comment by baranovich 138 weeks and 2 days ago

A simpler way

pv -tpreb input_file | dd of=output_file
Comment by elija 99 weeks and 5 days ago

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