This is normal behaviour. The control is not returned to svrmgrl or SQL*Plus when you isue RECOVER MANAGED STANDBY DATABASE;. You can hit CTRL-C to get control again, the managed recovery mode will go on. I suppose your automatic archlog transfer from primary to the standby is OK? Do the archived logs appear on the standby archlog directory? You can check if they are automatically applied by opening another svrmgrl session and isue ARCHIVE LOG LIST. Or you can check the alert file of the standby and see if applied redo logs are mentioned there.
Originally posted by oracle10
7. svrmgrl> recover managed standby database
then the process suspend and there is no further reaction.