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When scripting in bash or any other shell in *NIX, while running a command that will take more than a few seconds, a progress bar is needed.

For example, copying a big file, opening a big tar file.

What ways do you recommend to add progress bars to shell scripts?


Good Answer: 👌👌👌

You can implement this by overwriting a line. Use \r to go back to the beginning of the line without writing \n to the terminal.

Write \n when you’re done to advance the line.

Use echo -ne to:

  1. not print \n and
  2. to recognize escape sequences like \r.

Here’s a demo:

echo -ne '#####                     (33%)\r'
sleep 1
echo -ne '#############             (66%)\r'
sleep 1
echo -ne '#######################   (100%)\r'
echo -ne '\n'

Read More: 👉 https://stackoverflow.com/questions/238073/how-to-add-a-progress-bar-to-a-shell-script

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