[Nut-upsuser] Is a timer a file?

Charles Lepple clepple at gmail.com
Sun Jun 5 14:57:27 UTC 2016

> On Jun 5, 2016, at 6:34 AM, Roger Price <roger at rogerprice.org> wrote:
> On Sat, 4 Jun 2016, Charles Lepple wrote:
>> On Jun 3, 2016, at 6:48 AM, Roger Price <roger at rogerprice.org> wrote:
>>> ... the timer.  I don't see it in /var/lib/ups where the locate tool finds upsd.pid, and I don't see it in /run or /var/run where I see upsmon.pid.
>> ... it seems that the timers are only stored in memory. See checktimers(): https://github.com/networkupstools/nut/blob/master/clients/upssched.c#L129
> Hello Charles, thanks for the link.  If timers are only stored in memory then the example given at http://networkupstools.org/docs/user-manual.chunked/ar01s07.html chapter 7.2 is wrong.  It is not possible to turn off a timer with rm as shown in

I think that "rm" corresponds to the file mentioned in the phrase "To enable this we could, at the same time, create a file which is read and displayed to any user trying to login whilst the UPS is on battery power."

I would agree that the code to create that file is missing from the example, though.

Issue: https://github.com/networkupstools/nut/issues/293

> This would explain the problem I have with a current script.
> Is there some other way of forcing routine cancel_timer from a script or a configuration file?

Again, I don't use upssched myself, but my understanding is that timers are internal to upssched, and the only way to cancel them is through an event listed in the configuration file.

I think the intent of the timers was to allow simple filtering of transient events. With a lot of conditionals, I would want a better way to estimate test coverage (at the system level) for all of the possible events and decisions.

Charles Lepple
clepple at gmail

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