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Is there any way to get the battery status without acpi? I'm using U 11.10 and I needed to install acpi via apt-get. So I guess there's another command that is used to check battery status rather that acpi.

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Try cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT0/state in a terminal. Alternatively, change the 'state' to '*' to display all info in that directory

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