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 ~ | ...
..............

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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 · 225 weeks and 3 days ago
Hmm, apparently the save button for "edit" created copies for me. I've removed them, though. :-)
lgarron · 225 weeks and 3 days ago
I had to leave all the backslashes out for this to work. awk '{fflush(); printf "."}' && echo ""
kennyld · 225 weeks ago
@kennyld Yep, you could directly pipe into that for a script. I like the poetic use of a "..." alias, though.
lgarron · 225 weeks ago

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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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