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Since the echo area at the bottom of a frame is blank when the minibuffer is not active, I'd like to use it for something I don't always need but is informative (like showing org's clocking, battery level etc).

How can I accomplish this?

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    To answer your question, yes it is possible. Can you frame your question in a different way? How exactly do you want to customize the echo area? The symon package is an example that uses that area as a system monitor when emacs is in idle state. – Kaushal Modi Feb 25 '15 at 14:26
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    You can also have a look at eldoc, which also makes use of the echo area. – Dan Feb 25 '15 at 14:44
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    Possible duplicate of Make use of an empty echo area to display information (which does not have an accepted answer as of today, and so does not qualify as a reason for closing). – T. Verron Feb 25 '15 at 14:51
  • @kaushalmodi I doubt the answer given in the dupe will "fully address" the OP's question, since it basically says that it is not possible. Since you apparently disagree, would you mind expanding your comment into an answer to the other question? – T. Verron Feb 25 '15 at 15:57
  • Apparently, symon uses the "spam non-logged messages" route, so it probably is less troublesome than I thought. – T. Verron Feb 25 '15 at 16:01

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