For quite some time now my APCUPSD daemon has been broken, and such an aggravation is something one typically postpones fixing forever. I'd expected the worst.
However, just a quick look and I figured it out fairly quickly. In the newer versions of
apcupsd, the syntax of two parameters in the configuration file
/usr/local/etc/apcupsd/apcupsd.conf have changed to:
Didn't realize it would be so trivial, should have checked it out earlier.