Solaris laptop battery status

Screen show showing batstat, apcipowertool and GNOME battery status
Screen shot of my IBM Thinkpad T-40 laptop running Solaris 10. It shows batstat, apcipowertool, and GNOME battery status. My old, miss-used 6-cell battery only lasts an hour, as you can see. My new 9-cell battery lasts 4 hours.

Solaris does not have a battery status or monitor applet built-in, at least yet. However, thanks to Casper Dik and Darren Moffat, these tools are available. You can run Casper Dik's batstat CLI or acpipowertool GUI, and if you're using GNOME, you can optionally run Darren Moffat's port of the gnome-battery program. Here's how to install:

I use GNOME and miss the battery icon that's in Linux. Fortunately, Darren Moffat ported batstat to Solaris, which uses the above /dev/acpidrv device driver. Here's how to install:

Update: GNOME battery status is now integrated into GNOME for OpenSolaris. To install, right click on the task bar, click on "Add to Panel" then click on "Battery Charge Monitor".

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