I often download files using wget and cURL.

Is there anyway I can make my Linux box give a visual alert when either of those processes exit (i.e: the download completes)

PS : I am using Ubuntu oneiric ocelot x86 and I switch between Unity and Gnome Shell.

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You could use something like zenity or xmessage. For example:

wgetmsg() {
    wget "$@" && zenity --info --text='Wget returned success.' || zenity --error --text='Wget returned failure.'

wgetmsg -O filename http://www.example.com

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