[Nut-upsuser] Kernel crash when using usbhid-ups driver.

Paul Whittaker paul.whittaker at drisq.com
Tue Nov 27 14:39:53 UTC 2012


I've recently added a UPS (CyberPower CP1300EPFCLCD) to one of our
servers, and I'm managing it with NUT and the usbhid-ups driver.  I've
configured it to do what we want, and it all works fine. (upsc displays
information from upsd correctly, upsmon correctly shuts down both the
server and the UPS when the battery is low, messages are logged when the
mains supply to the UPS is cut/restored, and so forth.)

However, in the week since installing NUT the server has suffered four
kernel crashes (on stock 64-bit Ubuntu kernels, currently
3.2.0-33-generic) and has been unable to stay up for longer than 12-36
hours without crashing hard and requiring manual power cycling; this
system has never previously crashed.  Googling around the issue brings
up various things, including
http://thr3ads.net/nut-upsdev/2011/01/1475908-a-nasty-kernel-oops, which
make me think this could be an existing issue with the
kernel/library/USB stack that's being triggered by NUT.  I've tried a
couple of workarounds (including running the driver with -D), but none
have prevented these lock-ups.

I'd like to use NUT with usbhid-ups to manage the UPS, but also
(obviously) need to keep the server stable.  If there's a way to do
this, I'd like to; if not, I've got some crash logs that someone might
perhaps find useful.

I'm happy to provide more details, but first I'd like to check a few
basics since I'm new to the list:

 1. Is this the right mailing list to be asking about this?  I can
imagine the devs would be interested in this, but I'm primarily here as
a user.

 2. Is the Linux USB subsystem already known to be prone to stability
issues like this, or am I just having some bad luck on this machine?

 3. What's the polite way to supply the list with large attachments,
such as log extracts (~10kB) and photos of kernel crash screens (~900kB)?

Many thanks in advance,


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