Better cp and mv for linux

K. Mandla has blogged about an interesting patch to GNU coreutils. Even if you’ve used Linux only for a few days, you might know how rudimentary the cp and mv commands are. But there’s an unofficial patch that makes them the way they should’ve been.

That’s the way it should be! That’s what I’m after: Transfer rates. File sizes. A proper progress bar and percent complete, with a second readout for overall progress, as needed. :D

Just follow the instructions on the site to apply the patch and compile coreutils. Then alias the resulting cp and mv binaries to, well, cp and mv. Make sure to add a -g flag to the aliases to get the progress bars.

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