ACPI and on screen display, was Re: [Xmonad] Re: How to combine xmonad with Ubuntu?

Xiao-Yong Jin xj2106 at
Tue Sep 11 15:32:43 EDT 2007

brad clawsie <clawsie at> writes:

> as an obvious aside, its trivial to query the battery status, every 
> modern os should have an acpi query tool
> on freebsd: sysctl hw.acpi.battery

Right.  In GNU/Linux, you can always cat the files under

> i place my own status indicator into gnu screen
> i don't know that much about the advanced features of xmonad as i do
> not use them, but, if there is a simple way to pipe output from a user
> command to some area of the screen (dmenu?), you might find this
> easier than messing with gnome-session

There are tools like dzen or osd_cat in xosd.  In fact, I
use the latter one.
    c/*    __o/*
    <\     * (__
    */\      <

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