I always wanted to see the progress of a cp command. For example it can be quite frustrating when you copy huge files like VMware machines and the screen doesn’t show anything for long minutes or hours. I really should get my ass up and learn how to use rsync, but for the time being simply copying files with progress monitor is good enough.

These are two equivalent ways of recursively copying a directory.

rsync -av path/dir1/ path/dir1 --progress
rsync -av path/dir1 path --progress

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