I'm trying to use the Awesome window manager with GNOME, i.e. running gnome-session --session=ubuntu on login, and it works great for the most part, except for the fact that the notification area/systray is missing a battery indicator. There's the Network Manager applet (nm-applet), a keyboard icon for switching keyboard layouts, but no battery icon as I would've hoped. I thought the command would be something like gnome-power-manager,

  • Which version of Ubuntu are you using?
    – To Do
    Oct 16, 2012 at 22:31
  • 12.10, but I had this same issue with 12.04 and earlier.
    – Jonathan
    Oct 17, 2012 at 17:18
  • 13.10 has a similar issue. You can run gnome-settings-daemon at awesome start and nm-applet runs to give the network icon. However, the indicators installed through indicator-power, etc, don't seem to have simple executables that can be run any more.
    – dma
    Jan 21, 2014 at 7:13

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I use switched to using awesome a few weeks ago and quickly discovered the lack of icons. I hunted down nm-applet via ps but I see no such process for the battery. What I did find was acpitool which can query battery levels.


I always meant to get around to writing a vicious icon for it, shouldn't be too hard. I just don't know lua.

  • There are a couple of different widgets (like in vicious) for showing battery levels, but I was hoping to find the GNOME applet. Since I'm already running GNOME in awesome, I figured I might as well. Also, GNOME's battery indicator tells you how much time you have left, and Vicious's doesn't.
    – Jonathan
    Oct 20, 2012 at 18:57
  • "Already running GNOME in awesome" This line confuses me a bit. GNOME is a desktop environment, awesome is a window manager, if anything it would be "awesome in GNOME" (using GNOME to refer to the desktop environment excluding the default window manager).
    – Huckle
    Oct 24, 2012 at 22:29
  • You have a point there, but as I understand it, you can run a window manager on its own (i.e. without all the bells and whistles of a desktop environment) but it's not as easy to run a desktop environment without a WM. So for me, I launch awesome, then launch gnome-session, so it seems like I'm running gnome on top of awesome, instead of the other way around.
    – Jonathan
    Nov 16, 2012 at 2:19

I have written a simple one after encountering the same problem.

You can check out all the details here: http://www.everythingisvoid.com/linux/simple-battery-status-indicator-awesome-window-manager

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