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I am trying to control my CyberPower 625VA UPS. From what I hear, this is best done via nut, rather than via the gnome-power-manager. See e.g. Monitoring a UPS with nut on Debian or Ubuntu Linux | Random Bits

But when I configure nut as described in that article, it fails:

$ sudo upsdrvctl start
Network UPS Tools - UPS driver controller 2.4.3
Network UPS Tools - Generic HID driver 0.34 (2.4.3)
USB communication driver 0.31
Can't claim USB device [0764:0501]: could not detach kernel driver from interface 0: Operation not permitted
Driver failed to start (exit status=1)

I then noted that it was already being monitored by gnome-power-manager. The article (presumably now out-of-date) had said I would need to install nut-hal-drivers in order to monitor it with the Gnome Power Manager, so I hadn't even looked up there on the indicator panel.... But it wasn't being monitored very well (both the History and Statistics tabs were useless), and what I really want is programmatic control.

I do note that I can get some raw battery data via

lshal -u /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/usb_device_764_501_noserial_if0_hiddev

But I'd prefer nut.

So how to I tell the power manager to NOT monitor the UPS, so nut will (presumably)?

FWIW, this situation is the same on both maverick and precise, on laptops in both cases.

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This question appears to be abandoned and unanswered, could you perhaps add more detail to your question? If this question no longer applies then you can either delete it or answer it yourself if you've solved the problem. Thanks! – Eric Carvalho Mar 14 '13 at 13:14
I have the same question. Anyone have any info? – AShelly Jun 16 '14 at 18:29
@AShelly What release are you running? What are your symptoms? – nealmcb Jun 18 '14 at 4:41

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