When I'm transferring large quantities of data using rsync, it would be helpful if I could have the average speed up until now at a glance, rather than a bunch of different speeds for each file.

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Yes. Starting with rsync version 3.1.0 the --info=progress2 argument will give you progress on the entire transfer, including speed of the entire transfer. You can see a little bit of detail on the rsync man page.

  • I am using that and the speed and thus remaining time is still jumping around like crazy :/
    – xeruf
    Dec 22, 2022 at 16:09
  • There's more to interpreting the --info=progress2 output than can fit in a comment. I did find an answer that I'm happy with that might give you a better feeling for what you're seeing and why you're seeing it: unix.stackexchange.com/a/261139 Dec 24, 2022 at 5:03

In case you're not running v3.1.0, rsync-3.0.9 takes the --progress flag. The man page on my CentOS7 box reports

This option tells rsync to print information showing the progress of the transfer. This gives a bored user something to watch.

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