[Slackbuilds-users] apcupsd (3.14.10) Slackware 14.1 64-bit Won't Start

Robby Workman rworkman at slackbuilds.org
Sat Dec 7 01:26:39 UTC 2013

On Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:35:38 -0500
Thomas Ronayne <ronayne.thomas at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi, Robby,
> I attached the configuration file (which, by the look of things,
> should be right... but then, obvious that it's not, eh?).
> The connection is USB, fer sure.

Okay, weird.

I agree that the config file looks correct, and is (in the places
that matter) identical to mine on Slackware 14.1 x86_64.  

For whatever reason, apcupsd is trying to use /dev/ttyS0 for the
device node *and* it thinks it's a usb device.  I suspect some
bad logic in apcupsd somewhere, but I won't swear to it.

In the meantime, when you plug in the UPS, what do you see in dmesg?

Here's what I have:

usb 2-2: new full-speed USB device number 7 using uhci_hcd
usb 2-2: New USB device found, idVendor=051d, idProduct=0002
usb 2-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
usb 2-2: Product: Back-UPS RS 1000G FW:868.L3 .D USB FW:L3 
usb 2-2: Manufacturer: American Power Conversion
usb 2-2: SerialNumber: 3B1225X20592  
hid-generic 0003:051D:0002.0005: hiddev0,hidraw0: USB HID v1.00 Device [American Power Conversion Back-UPS RS 1000G FW:868.L3 .D USB FW:L3 ] on usb-0000:00:1d.0-2/input0

Assuming you only have one UPS, and you see something similar to me,
you can possibly specify /dev/hidraw0 as the DEVICE parameter in 
apcupsd.conf to make it work.  Before I was aware of the autodetection
capability (or perhaps it didn't exist yet?), I recall having put
/dev/hiddev0 in my config file (no idea why hiddev0 doesn't exist now

All that said, this is perhaps worth mailing the apcupsd list
and see if anyone has any ideas.  Go ahead and attach dmesg output
from when it's plugged in and your config file.
CC me too if you don't mind.

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