How to install Apcupsd with a UPS on Ubuntu/Lubuntu/?buntu

Juan R. de Silva juan.r.d.silva at
Fri Sep 21 03:23:31 UTC 2012

On Thu, 20 Sep 2012 18:09:18 -0400, John Hupp wrote:

> Hello, all.
> I want to install an APC UPS with apcupsd under the Lubuntu variant of
> Ubuntu.
> Prior to trying to install the software, I was going to follow the
> manual's instructions for making sure that the UPS was properly set up
> in the USB subsystem.
> But I couldn't even get to first base.  The first instruction is to run
> "cat /proc/bus/usb/devices" from a shell prompt. But that yields "No
> such file or directory."
> Has anyone written a how-to for installing (or simply knows how to
> install) on Ubuntu or any of its variant distros?

I have it currently installed under Debian Squeeze and I had it installed 
previously under Ubuntu Lucid. In both cases I just installed the 
following packages from corresponding distros main repositories:

apcupsd-cgi (if I remember correctly this was installed as dependency)
gapsmon (quite a nice GUI front end for apcupsd, and works flawlessly)

The things worked out of the box, so I am not sure what additional 
instructions are necessary. Make sure prior the installation your APC UPS 
is connected. It should be detected on fly.

After installation gapsmon will add itself to Applications->System Tools 
menu. It's a little tricky to set its preferences in order to keep both 
its icons in system tray persistently. 

If you will not figure it out. I could help by looking into my own 
settings but right now I'm in harry, sorry. Ask later if needed, I'll 
take a look.

BTW, you would help yourself by not posting in HTML. Many folks around 
(me including :->) usually ignore such posts. It would increase your 
chance to get help.

No offence here, just a friendly suggestion. :-)

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