Print one . instead of each line

alias ...="awk '{fflush(); printf \".\"}' && echo \"\""
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.
Sample Output
$ ls ~ | ...

By: lgarron
2014-02-22 22:20:22

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That's quite useful. Now can you please delete the two duplicates, of this command, you created.
flatcap · 395 weeks ago
Hmm, apparently the save button for "edit" created copies for me. I've removed them, though. :-)
lgarron · 395 weeks ago
I had to leave all the backslashes out for this to work. awk '{fflush(); printf "."}' && echo ""
kennyld · 394 weeks and 4 days ago
@kennyld Yep, you could directly pipe into that for a script. I like the poetic use of a "..." alias, though.
lgarron · 394 weeks and 4 days ago
Command and all facts are fit for the challenges for the citizens. Paths of the field and create your own streaming service in the ambit for the challenges. The commands did for the direction of the officers for the new shapes.
GabrielWright · 36 weeks and 6 days ago
MarilynHarris · 35 weeks ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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