Today I learnt something really awesome. If you use a Unix based operating system, then you will be able to send any process a signal. This might be either
Ctrl+C or SIGINT to interrupt that process. Or you can send SIGINFO to report the progress of it’s operation. Why this is awesome? Did you ever copy a huge amount of data and
cp didn’t tell you how much has data has been copied so far? SIGINT to the rescue.
irichter@irichter-MacBookPro:~/Documents/Virtual Machines » cp -a dev-setup.vmwarevm dev-setup-2.vmwarevm load: 2.02 cmd: cp 49102 uninterruptible 0.05u 2.28s dev-setup.vmwarevm/dev-setup-61da15a0.vmem -> dev-setup-2.vmwarevm/dev-setup-61da15a0.vmem 32% load: 2.02 cmd: cp 49102 uninterruptible 0.06u 4.11s dev-setup.vmwarevm/dev-setup-61da15a0.vmem -> dev-setup-2.vmwarevm/dev-setup-61da15a0.vmem 74%
Ctrl+T two times to the cp process. In one case 32% of the data has been copied. In the other case 74%.
This will help especially with programs that don’t have an option to report progress.