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Linux-friendly Uninterruptible Power Supply
Hi, does anyone know of a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) that can signal it's status (battery charging, discharging, AC Power % of power left, etc) to Linux?
Why I need to know:
The hard drive that had my SuSe Install on it died, taking the only known copy of my 300 point research paper on Chernobyl for my English class (and my MP3 collection, and ISOs of Doom 3 and Quake 4) with it. So this never happens again, I'm researching parts to build a low-cost RAID 1 (or RAID 5) file server for my family and I to share over our home network. POwer in my area will often go out during thunderstorms or ice storms and I want the server to be able to shut itself down safely in the event of a power outage/blink.
I have an APC UPS 1400 and I run apcupsd (3.10.18) on my Linux box. It's not a 'smart' UPS so I just have it set to count down for 600 seconds. If the power comes on before then nothing happens, but once it gets to 600 it shuts down properly.
apcupsd can work with smart UPS units, I just couldn't afford one at the time. I've had this one since 1999 and only replaced one battery. Usually I test it once every 3 months to make sure the 600 seconds is no problem - so far it's been great.