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UPSMON.CONF(5)              Network UPS Tools (NUT)             UPSMON.CONF(5)

       upsmon.conf - Configuration for Network UPS Tools upsmon

       This  file's  primary  job is to define the systems that upsmon(8) will
       monitor and to tell it how to shut down the system when necessary.   It
       will  contain  passwords,  so  keep it secure.  Ideally,only the upsmon
       process should be able to read it.

       Additionally, other optional configuration values can be  set  in  this

       DEADTIME seconds

              upsmon  allows  a UPS to go missing for this many seconds before
              declaring it "dead".  The default is 15 seconds.

              upsmon requires a UPS to provide status  information  every  few
              seconds (see POLLFREQ and POLLFREQALERT) to keep things updated.
              If the status fetch fails, the UPS is marked stale.  If it stays
              stale for more than DEADTIME seconds, the UPS is marked dead.

              A  dead  UPS  that was last known to be on battery is assumed to
              have changed to a low battery condition.  This may force a shut-
              down  if it is providing a critical amount of power to your sys-
              tem.  This seems disruptive, but the  alternative  is  barreling
              ahead into oblivion and crashing when you run out of power.

              Note:  DEADTIME  should  be  a multiple of POLLFREQ and POLLFRE-
              QALERT.  Otherwise,  you'll have  "dead"  UPSes  simply  because
              upsmon  isn't  polling them quickly enough.  Rule of thumb: take
              the larger of the two POLLFREQ values, and multiply by 3.

       FINALDELAY seconds

              When running in master mode, upsmon waits this long after  send-
              ing  the  NOTIFY_SHUTDOWN  to  warn  the users.  After the timer
              elapses, it then runs your SHUTDOWNCMD.  By default this is  set
              to 5 seconds.

              If  you  need  to  let  your users do something in between those
              events, increase this number.  Remember, at this point your  UPS
              battery is almost depleted, so don't make this too big.

              Alternatively,  you  can  set  this  very  low so you don't wait
              around when it's time to shut down.  Some UPSes don't give  much
              warning for low battery and will require a value of 0 here for a
              safe shutdown.

              Note: If FINALDELAY on the slave is greater than HOSTSYNC on the
              master, the master will give up waiting for the slave to discon-

       HOSTSYNC seconds

              upsmon will wait up to this many seconds in master mode for  the
              slaves  to  disconnect during a shutdown situation.  By default,
              this is 15 seconds.

              When a UPS goes critical (on battery + low battery, or  "FSD"  -
              forced shutdown), the slaves are supposed to disconnect and shut
              down right away.  The HOSTSYNC timer  keeps  the  master  upsmon
              from sitting there forever if one of the slaves gets stuck.

              This value is also used to keep slave systems from getting stuck
              if the master fails to respond in time.   After  a  UPS  becomes
              critical,  the  slave  will  wait up to HOSTSYNC seconds for the
              master to set the FSD flag.  If that timer  expires,  the  slave
              will assume that the master is broken and will shut down anyway.

              This  keeps  the  slaves from shutting down during a short-lived
              status change to "OB LB" that the  slaves  see  but  the  master

       MINSUPPLIES num

              Set the number of power supplies that must be receiving power to
              keep this system running.  Normal computers have just one  power
              supply, so the default value of 1 is acceptable.

              Large/expensive  server  type systems usually have more, and can
              run with a few missing.  The HP NetServer LH4 can run with 2 out
              of  4,  for  example, so you'd set it to 2.  The idea is to keep
              the box running as long as possible, right?

              Obviously you have to put the redundant  supplies  on  different
              UPS circuits for this to make sense!  See big-servers.txt in the
              docs subdirectory for more information and ideas on how  to  use
              this feature.

              Also see the section on "power values" in upsmon(8).

       MONITOR system powervalue username password type

              Each UPS that you need to be monitor should have a MONITOR line.
              Not all of these need supply power to the system that is running
              upsmon.  You may monitor other systems if you want to be able to
              send notifications about status changes on them.

              You must have at least one MONITOR directive in this file.

              system is a UPS identifier.  It is in this form:


              The default hostname is "localhost".  Some examples:

               - "su700@mybox" means a UPS called "su700" on a  system  called
              "mybox".  This is the normal form.

               -  "fenton@bigbox:5678"  is  a  UPS called "fenton" on a system
              called "bigbox" which runs upsd(8) on port "5678".

              powervalue is an integer representing the number of  power  sup-
              plies  that the UPS feeds on this system.  Most normal computers
              have one power supply, and the UPS feeds it, so this value  will
              be  1.  You need a very large or special system to have anything
              higher here.

              You can set the powervalue to 0 if you want  to  monitor  a  UPS
              that doesn't actually supply power to this system.  This is use-
              ful when you want to have upsmon do notifications  about  status
              changes on a UPS without shutting down when it goes critical.

              The  username  and  password on this line must match an entry in
              that system's upsd.users(5).  If your  username  is  "monmaster"
              and  your  password  is "blah", the MONITOR line might look like

              MONITOR myups@bigserver 1 monmaster blah master

              Meanwhile, the upsd.users on 'bigserver' would look like this:


                        password  = blah

                        allowfrom = (ACLs from upsd.conf(5))

                        upsmon master   (or slave)

              The type refers to the relationship with  upsd(8).   It  can  be
              either  "master" or "slave".  See upsmon(8) for more information
              on the meaning of these modes.  The mode you pick here also goes
              in the upsd.users file, as seen in the example above.

       NOCOMMWARNTIME seconds

              upsmon  will  trigger a NOTIFY_NOCOMM after this many seconds if
              it can't reach any of the  UPS  entries  in  this  configuration
              file.   It  keeps  warning you until the situation is fixed.  By
              default this is 300 seconds.

       NOTIFYCMD command

              upsmon calls this to send messages when things happen.

              This command is called with the full text of the message as  one
              argument.   The  environment  string NOTIFYTYPE will contain the
              type string of whatever caused this event to happen.

              If you need to use upssched(8), then you must make it your NOTI-
              FYCMD by listing it here.

              Note  that  this is only called for NOTIFY events that have EXEC
              set with NOTIFYFLAG.  See NOTIFYFLAG below for more details.

              Making this some sort of shell script might not be a  bad  idea.
              For more information and ideas, see pager.txt in the docs direc-

              Remember, this also needs to be one element in the configuration
              file, so if your command has spaces, then wrap it in quotes.

                   NOTIFYCMD "/path/to/script --foo --bar"

              This  script  is  run  in the background - that is, upsmon forks
              before it calls out to start it.  This means that your NOTIFYCMD
              may  have  multiple instances running simultaneously if a lot of
              stuff happens all at once.  Keep this  in  mind  when  designing
              complicated notifiers.

       NOTIFYMSG type message

              upsmon  comes  with  a set of stock messages for various events.
              You can change them if you like.

                   NOTIFYMSG ONLINE "UPS %s is getting line power"

                   NOTIFYMSG ONBATT "Someone pulled the plug on %s"

              Note that %s is replaced with the identifier of the UPS in ques-

              Possible values for type:

                   ONLINE - UPS is back online

                   ONBATT - UPS is on battery

                   LOWBATT - UPS is on battery and has a low battery (is crit-

                   FSD - UPS is being shutdown by the master  (FSD  =  "Forced

                   COMMOK - Communications established with the UPS

                   COMMBAD - Communications lost to the UPS

                   SHUTDOWN - The system is being shutdown

                   REPLBATT - The UPS battery is bad and needs to be replaced

                   NOCOMM - A UPS is unavailable (can't be contacted for moni-

              The message must be one element in the configuration file, so if
              it contains spaces, you must wrap it in quotes.

                   NOTIFYMSG NOCOMM "Someone stole UPS %s"

       NOTIFYFLAG type flag[+flag][+flag]...

              By  default, upsmon sends walls global messages to all logged in
              users) via /bin/wall and writes to the syslog when  things  hap-
              pen.  You can change this.




              Possible values for the flags:

                   SYSLOG - Write the message to the syslog

                   WALL - Write the message to all users with /bin/wall

                   EXEC - Execute NOTIFYCMD (see above) with the message

                   IGNORE - Don't do anything

              If you use IGNORE, don't use any other flags on the same line.

       POLLFREQ seconds

              Normally  upsmon  polls  the upsd(8) server every 5 seconds.  If
              this is flooding your network with activity,  you  can  make  it
              higher.   You  can  also  make it lower to get faster updates in
              some cases.

              There are some catches.  First, if  you  set  the  POLLFREQ  too
              high,  you may miss short-lived power events entirely.  You also
              risk triggering the DEADTIME (see above) if you use a very large

              Second,  there  is  a point of diminishing returns if you set it
              too low.  While upsd normally has all of the data  available  to
              it  instantly,  most  drivers  only  refresh the UPS status once
              every 2 seconds.  Polling any more than that usually doesn't get
              you the information any faster.

       POLLFREQALERT seconds

              This  is  the interval that upsmon waits between polls if any of
              its UPSes are on battery.  You can use this along with  POLLFREQ
              above to slow down polls during normal behavior, but get quicker
              updates when something bad happens.

              This should always be equal to or lower than the POLLFREQ value.
              By default it is also set 5 seconds.

              The  warnings from the POLLFREQ entry about too-high and too-low
              values also apply here.

       POWERDOWNFLAG filename

              upsmon creates this file when running in master  mode  when  the
              UPS  needs to be powered off.  You should check for this file in
              your shutdown scripts and call upsdrvctl shutdown if it exists.

              This is done to forcibly reset the slaves,  so  they  don't  get
              stuck at the "halted" stage even if the power returns during the
              shutdown process.  This usually does not work well  on  contact-
              closure UPSes that use the genericups driver.

              See  the  shutdown.txt  file  in  the docs subdirectory for more

       RBWARNTIME seconds

              When a UPS says that it needs  to  have  its  battery  replaced,
              upsmon  will  generate a NOTIFY_REPLBATT event.  By default this
              happens every 43200 seconds - 12 hours.

              If you need another value, set it here.

       RUN_AS_USER username

              upsmon normally runs the bulk of  the  monitoring  duties  under
              another user ID after dropping root privileges.  On most systems
              this means it runs as "nobody", since that's  the  default  from

              The catch is that "nobody" can't read your upsmon.conf, since by
              default it is installed so that only root  can  open  it.   This
              means  you won't be able to reload the configuration file, since
              it will be unavailable.

              The solution is to create a new user just for upsmon, then  make
              it  run  as that user.  I suggest "nutmon", but you can use any-
              thing that isn't already taken on your system.   Just  create  a
              regular  user with no special privileges and an impossible pass-

              Then, tell upsmon to run as  that  user,  and  make  upsmon.conf
              readable  by  it.   Your reloads will work, and your config file
              will stay secure.

              This file should not be writable by the upsmon user, as it would
              be  possible  to exploit a hole, change the SHUTDOWNCMD to some-
              thing malicious, then wait for upsmon to be restarted.

       SHUTDOWNCMD command

              upsmon runs this command when the system  needs  to  be  brought
              down.   If  it  is a slave, it will do that immediately whenever
              the current overall power  value  drops  below  the  MINSUPPLIES
              value above.

              When  upsmon  is  a  master, it will allow any slaves to log out
              before starting the local shutdown procedure.

              Note that the command needs to be  one  element  in  the  config
              file.   If your shutdown command includes spaces, then put it in
              quotes to keep it together, i.e.:

                   SHUTDOWNCMD "/sbin/shutdown -h +0"

       upsmon(8), upsd(8), nutupsdrv(8).

   Internet resources:
       The NUT (Network UPS Tools) home page: http://www.networkupstools.org/

                                Mon Jan 22 2007                 UPSMON.CONF(5)