Copy a file using pv and watch its progress

pv sourcefile > destfile
pv allows a user to see the progress of data through a pipeline, by giving information such as time elapsed, percentage completed (with progress bar), current throughput rate, total data transferred, and ETA. (man pv)
Sample Output
22MB 0:00:02 [ 121MB/s] [=================>                           ] 22% ETA 0:00:06

By: edo
2010-03-20 20:55:18

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how can you copy folders using pv command?
pranavkaranjkar · 563 weeks and 3 days ago
It's easy with rsync: rsync --progress -av Downloads /media/glaudiston/Seagate\ Expansion\ Drive/test/ But we can archive(uncompressed) the folder then send it with pv: ~$ SRC="/source/folder"; TRG="/target/folder/"; tar cf - "$SRC" | pv -s $(du -sb "$SRC" | cut -f1) | tar xf - -C "$TRG"
glaudiston · 304 weeks and 1 day 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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