Advanced Copy Command – Shows Progress Bar While Copying Large Files/Folders in Linux

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25 Responses

  1. Janis says:

    Hello Ravi,

    alias cp='cp -gR'
    alias mv='mv -g'

    is wrong. As command cp and mv does not have option -g.

    Right aliases:

    alias cp='cpg -gR'
    alias mv='mvg -g'
    • Ravi Saive says:


      But the -g options worked for me on CentOS 6 version. On which Linux distribution version you’ve tried? let me give a try and see..

  2. postal says:

    While running “make” i got this error, not sure what to do.

    CC lib/freadseek.o
    lib/freadseek.c: In function ‘freadptrinc’:
    lib/freadseek.c:67:3: error: #error “Please port gnulib freadseek.c to your platform! Look at the definition of getc, getc_unlocked on your system, then report this to bug-gnulib.”
    #error “Please port gnulib freadseek.c to your platform! Look at the definition of getc, getc_unlocked on your system, then report this to bug-gnulib.”
    make[2]: *** [Makefile:6662: lib/freadseek.o] Error 1

  3. Roxanne Benn says:

    Thanks for updating but now it will not let me configure it I ran the command #export FORCE_UNSAFE_CONFIGURE=1 but still no luck can you help me here is what came up on terminal.

    roxanne-Satellite-C55-B coreutils-8.21 # ./configure
    checking for a BSD-compatible install… /usr/bin/install -c
    checking whether build environment is sane… yes
    checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p… /bin/mkdir -p
    checking for gawk… gawk
    checking whether make sets $(MAKE)… yes
    checking whether make supports nested variables… yes
    checking for style of include used by make… GNU
    checking for gcc… gcc
    checking whether the C compiler works… no
    configure: error: in `/home/roxanne/coreutils-8.21′:
    configure: error: C compiler cannot create executables
    See `config.log’ for more details
    roxanne-Satellite-C55-B coreutils-8.21 # make
    There seems to be no Makefile in this directory.
    You must run ./configure before running ‘make’.
    GNUmakefile:106: recipe for target ‘abort-due-to-no-makefile’ failed
    make: *** [abort-due-to-no-makefile] Error 1

    • Ravi Saive says:


      You don’t have GCC header files, install them and run again same configure command again.

      # yum install glibc-devel
  4. Roxanne Benn says:

    error 404 when trying to connect to

  5. Dan says:

    Outside of a complicated compile process for a basic command, you told us nothing about the cp command itself as the page said it was going to and doesn’t discuss any options. Are there overwrite options? Does a directory have to exist before copying a file to it or can cp create the directory as on option?

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