After a couple of hours of unsuccessful fucking with APC PowerChute software, I stopped relying on their documentation and hit up the web. Turns out, there's a cable incompatibility between Linux and APC. I'm guessing this can be fixed by some nasty configuration to one's serial port, but that's just annoying and as far as I can see, undocumented. APC, as it seems, will gladly send out a free cable replacement. I did, however, manage to snag something called SSD
. Unlike PowerChute, it took about 18 seconds to install on my RH9 server and it has tested out quite nicely. Now... it's a very simple daemon. No GUI. No Email notification. No frills. It throws up a console message and shuts the computer down after a configurable period of time. If power is restored in the interim, it aborts the shutdown. If, like me, that's all you're looking for PowerChute to do, I highly recommend it.
Because I'm almost criminally curious, if somebody has a workaround to the cable issue with PowerChute, I'd be very interested in hearing it. Current Mood: relieved