Damn right you can.

March 3, 2010

Seen on Planet Debian: ‘Can you get cp to give a progress bar like wget?’ The solution starts:

#!/bin/sh
cp_p()
{
   strace -q -ewrite cp -- "${1}" "${2}" 2>&1 \
...

The author notes in the comments:

If you feel the need to point out an alternative solution, then you have missed the entire point by a wide margin.

—lamby

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