Any idea on how could be enabled a progress bar and/or speed rate metter on TRAMP mode file transfer?

Trying to manage TRAMP transfer mode via scp instead of ssh to seek avoidance base64 conversion, but due low internet speed don't know if it's stuck or just slow.

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Download and install iftop package, run a M-x term, then type something as:

$ iftop -i eth0 -f 'dst host'

As for:

-i local interface

-f filter code, as in pcap-filter man page, for destination host in the example.

There will be 3 speed rates in inferior right part of the screen, meaning that for 2, 10 and 40 seconds respectively.


This is not possible as of today. Patches welcome!

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    Please consider elaborating, to say how to submit a patch. Thx.
    – Drew
    Mar 21, 2020 at 14:32
  • Patches can be submitted either directly to the tramp-devel@gnu.org mailing list, or reporting it as Emacs bug via M-x report-emacs-bug Mar 22, 2020 at 8:02
  • Please put the info of your comment into the answer. Comments can be deleted at any time. Q & A should stand on their own. Thx.
    – Drew
    Mar 22, 2020 at 17:01
  • Drew, sorry for my resistance: all of this this documented in the Tramp manual. Please don't be more pedantic than us Germans :-) Mar 22, 2020 at 18:47

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