Here are some notes on how I configured my Raspberry Pi to run Arch Linux.
In addition to the Raspberry Pi itself, you’ll need the following to get running:
- SD card, 4 GB, class 4 or higher.
- micro USB cable
- USB charger (TODO, mine is capable of 800mA).
- Ethernet cable
Load image onto SD Card
Download the Arch Linux image and load it onto the SD card. Install
pv if you don’t have it already to monitor the progress of the loading procedure:
Instead of loading the image onto the SD as recommended:
sudo dd bs=1m if=archlinux-hf-2012-09-18.img of=/dev/DISK-DEVICE
use pipeviewer instead to monitor the progress:
dd bs=1m if=archlinux-hf-2012-09-18.img | pv -trab | sudo dd bs=1m of=/dev/DISK-DEVICE
Execute a simple command per
sudo before starting so that you are not prompted for a password during the operation as that can ruin the timing.
Insert the SD card, attach the Ethernet cable, connect the USB cable to the charger and watch the board boot up. The IP address will be requested via DHCP so use your router to see if you can find which address was assigned. Then ssh into the RPi as root, using the password of ‘root’.
ssh -l root IP-ADDRESS
You’re in! And since we’re running Arch, one of the first things to do is to update the system:
# pacman -Syu
set the hostname:
# echo kobold > /etc/hostname
set the timezone (or not):
# rm /etc/localtime
# ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Berlin localtime
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