[Nut-upsdev] instcmd "beeper.off "

Peter Selinger selinger at mathstat.dal.ca
Mon Aug 13 13:05:21 UTC 2007

Arjen de Korte wrote:
> Rob MacGregor wrote:
> >>> Most UPS that I have seen support only "muting" the beeper; I haven't
> >>> seen any that allow you to turn off the beeper permanently (although
> >>> that is a theoretical possibility provided in the HID powerdevices
> >>> specification).
> >> The MGE Evolution 650 supports this and possibly, other MGE models too.
> > My little Belkin 650 VA serial unit supports switching the audible
> > alarm off until it's power cycled (at least via the Belkin software -
> > I haven't tried with NUT).
> That would count as a 'beeper.off' to me. What driver do you use with
> that and what is the exact model of your UPS?
> In addition to my previous message in this thread, the 'beeper.on'
> command is really only useful if you have a true 'beeper.off' command.
> So if a UPS doesn't support to disable the beeper completely (and can
> only mute it when it is active), it is pointless to add a command that
> enables it again. Or should we cater for people that first mute a
> command and then realize 'hey, that was a nice sound' to enable it again?
> Therefor (in due time), if a UPS doesn't have a true 'beeper.off'
> command (one that will stick for at least as long as the UPS is on), we
> should remove both the 'beeper.off' and 'beeper.on' command and only
> have a 'beeper.mute' command.

I disagree with this last proposal. We should make the UPS's
functionality available to the user, regardless of whether we think it
is useful or not. Certainly we shouldn't remove existing features out
of a desire to legislate.

I agree with the rest of your proposals though.

-- Peter

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