Raspberry Pi Notes

General Notes on setting up a raspberry pi.

Basic Install:

  • Download the minimal install of NOOBS from here
  • Format the microSD card as FAT32, and put the files from the NOOBS download into the root directory (dont need to flash/etcher)
  • Install the Base NOOBS Debian Image, without any of the recommended applications.

General Config

Once everything is configured, sudo raspi-config > Boot Options > Desktop/CLI > Console Autologin, to run the pi as headless.

Mount a Hard Drive (automatic mounting):

Pretty much just have to put the correct line into /etc/fstab. See here for instructions.

If you want to put it at /home/data, instead of /mnt/something like that page describes:

sudo mkdir -p /home/data
sudo mount /dev/... /home/data
# to get UUID
sudo blkid
sudo nano /etc/fstab
UUID=<blkid> <location> <FSTYPE> defaults,nofail 0 0
UUID=fbfb6131-f332461	/home/data	ext4 defaults,nofail 0 0

man fstab: the defaults option: rw, suid, dev, exec, auto, nouser, and async.

What the numbers at the end of the /etc/fstab mean

  • First 0: dump shouldn’t make backups
  • Second 0: fsck should not run a check on this drive