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Re: Pointer to NUT config (for APC USB)?



On Mon, 2007-09-24 at 22:02 -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Monday 24 September 2007, Steve Snyder wrote:
> >On Monday 24 September 2007 8:41:47 am Gene Heskett wrote:
> >> On Monday 24 September 2007, Steve Snyder wrote:
> >> >Hello.
> >> >
> >> >Having just gotten a new APC UPS, I would like to configure NUT to
> >> > read it's state via the USB connection.
> >> >
> >> >The presence of the UPS is recognized by the system, as shown by this
> >> > line written to the system log:
> >> >
> >> >  hiddev96: USB HID v1.10 Device [American Power Conversion Back-UPS
> >> > XS 1500 LCD FW:837.H5 .D USB] on usb-0000:00:0f.2-2
> >> >
> >> >So now I need the NUT daemon to monitor this connection and,
> >> > apparently, configure the NUT client to query the daemon.  This is
> >> > for a local system only, no web or network access to status is
> >> > needed.
> >> >
> >> >Can someone point me to a description of how to set up NUT for this
> >> >context?
> >> >
> >> >Thanks.
> >>
> >> Why don't you try apcupsd?  Its written to run with apc products.
> >
> >Because I didn't know such a thing existed.  I saw on APC's web page that
> >they only had downloads for Windows, and assumed that NUT was my only
> >option.
> >
> >Thanks for the info.
> 
> Sorry about that Steve, I should have included the link, 
> <http://apcupsd.sourceforge.net>
> As this is AFAIK, independent to APC themselves, I doubt there would be a link 
> to it on the APC pages.  They are however, apparently a hell of a lot 
> friendlier to linux users than Belkin.
----
I wouldn't necessarily agree with these statements.

APC has been a powerhouse and a staple in server rooms. Their 'smart'
UPS systems and their powerchute software has been in wide use for quite
some time. APCUPSD was an option for Linux servers before APC noticed
that the Linux server market was significant. In the server room, APC
rules. If you digest the features of apcupsd (primarily written by Kern
Sibbald of IBM, now actively writing Bacula), it creates a long shadow
for others to find sunlight.

APC does offer a powerchute version for Linux but I have never
bothered...if you have an APC unit, apcupsd is simply the best - and
it's in rpmforge repository.

Belkin is very much a come lately entry. For the most part, they ceded
the server systems to APC (though they have a few rack mount models).
The bulk of Belkin UPS sales is smaller, cheaper units used on single
desktop systems. Their Bulldog is decent enough and is available for
Macintosh, Windows or Linux but it ain't apcupsd.

As for friendliness, I doubt you could touch Belkin as they have
consistently handled customer complaints better than any company I have
ever dealt with.

Craig


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