Is there any console tool that can be used to view battery status on a laptop (Dell Vostro A860) ?


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I don't think the apm command has existed for a while now -- try the sysutils/hwstat port (pulls battery info from ACPI).

There are plenty of X11/graphical battery meters in ports but that's the only one I'm aware of that works on the console.

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    It was certainly there in 7 and the man pages say it's still there in 8.
    – Cry Havok
    Mar 29, 2010 at 21:35
  • Yes, it's still there in my 8-STABLE VM (which was installed clean from 8.0-RELEASE).
    – coneslayer
    Mar 29, 2010 at 22:15

You want apm -b.


Try acpiconf -i 0 or acpiconf -i 0 | grep Remaining.

Consider creating an alias such as battery to make it easier to find the information.


I'm using such script in my conky config

sysctl -n hw.acpi.battery.life

Try the following:

acpiconf -i 0 ; man acpiconf

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