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tar zcf - user | pv /bin/gzip > /tmp/backup.tar.gz
This command tar?s up a directory and sends the output to gzip, showing a rate of 223MB/s. This may require you installing the pv command. For debian based users out there: sudo aptitude install pv
Sample Output
59.7kB 0:00:00 [ 223MB/s]
    [===========================================>] 100%

By: nlinux
2009-02-18 14:50:45

What Others Think

Aren't you double compressing? Remove the 'z' from 'zcf'.
hypatiafu · 661 weeks and 3 days ago
does it work for anyone? only i can see the speed, and the file generated is too small, when i try to uncompress the file tells me "not in gzip format"
starchox · 661 weeks and 3 days ago
close ;) tar -cf - $HOME/Public | pv | /bin/gzip - > backup.tar.gz
bashiere · 650 weeks and 5 days 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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