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Originally posted by the d2490n it should notifi me when its done? how long should it take?
If you didn't launch the process in the background, the return of the command prompt *is* your notification. A silently reappearing prompt means 'Command completed successfully. Next?' Like lone_nut says, in *nix silence is golden. There's nothing to diagnose so there's nothing to say. Only an error should produce a brief diagnostic.
(Actually, a lot of things are more verbose than they need to be, but this is the principle.)
Just slackware packages. You can rpm2tgz an rpm and installpkg the tgz or compile and install with checkinstall which will make a tgz and installpkg it, or whatever, which is an indirect way, but it's basically just slackpacks.