Raspberry Pi: First Config and Services Configuration

What is the Raspberry Pi ?

I think there's no need to present the Pi anymore. This is basically a whole computer embed on chip based on ARM. It has been designed by David Braben. The official site is the following: http://www.raspberrypi.org/

Initial configuration

Here is a small memo of the things I do when I configure a Pi for the first time. The first thing is to connect to the Pi using ssh the default login is pi and the password is raspberrySo this will be the first thing to change !
sudo su
passwd Set a root passwd which is not the case by default.
passwd pi Change the pi passwd ! (you might also delete the user and create a new one)
visudo Remove pi from sudoers
aptitude update
aptitude safe-upgrade
aptitude install vim host htop

# Network Configuration vim /etc/hostname
vim /etc/network/interfaces
#iface eth0 inet static
#     address
#     network
#     netmask
#     broadcast
#     gateway
vim /etc/resolv.conf
raspi-config #To enlarge the filesystem, disable X, and change timezone

The default package repository (mirrordirector.raspbian.org) is not really reliable, and an update should sometimes in my case be relaunch few times to get through. So I use another package repository:
echo 'deb http://mirrors.ircam.fr/pub/raspbian/raspbian/ wheezy main contrib non-free rpi' > /etc/apt/sources.list

SSH Key exchange

For more simplicity I have put the public key of my main computer in the ssh authorized hosts of the pi to login automatically, here are the few steps to do.

On the local host:
  • ssh-keygen -t rsa
  • scp .ssh/id_rsa.pub pi@
  • echo 'alias copi="ssh pi@ -X" ' >> ~/.bashrc
On the pi:
  • cat id_rsa.pub >> .ssh/authorized_keys
  • chmod 600 .ssh/authorized_keys

Services configuration

Small memo of the operations to perform to configure some services on the Raspberry.


The following tutorial is really perfect: http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=21566
Note: instead of copy/pasting the server.conf given, copy the one located in /usr/share/doc/openvpn/examples/sample-config-files/server.conf.gz


Etherpad-lite is a collaborative text editor written in node.js. The installation and configuration is made easy by the usage of a script available on Github here.
The script is called install_raspi_etherpad-lite.sh. I am used to change the port in the file to 8081 so that I keep the 8080 for proxy stuff.


Now etherpad should be installed if no errors occurs. Except few things:
ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node (cause etherpad intent to launch node while the package install a binary called nodejs)
Then you can start the application with /etc/init.d/etherpad-lite start (The first time you launch it. It can take a while to install all the dependencies and due to the low performance of the Pi)


Libreplan is a wonderful project management web application. http://www.libreplan.com/
Libreplan is not available in package repositories but .deb packages are provided on the official website. The only problem is that there is no package for armhf. The application itself is just a tomcat application so there is no reason for it not to work on arm platforms. We will just need to tweak the .deb package to replace the architecture to armhf. The commands to perform are:

wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/libreplan/files/LibrePlan/libreplan_1.3.3-1_i386.deb
ar vx libreplan_1.3.3-1_i386.deb
mkdir -p libreplan_1.2.3-1_armhf/DEBIAN
tar -C libreplan_1.2.3-1_armhf/DEBIAN/ -xvf control.tar.gz
tar -C libreplan_1.2.3-1_armhf -xvf data.tar.gz
sed -i 's/Architecture: .*/Architecture: armhf/' libreplan_1.2.3-1_armhf/DEBIAN/control
dpkg-deb --build libreplan_1.2.3-1_armhf/
aptitude install libpg-java postgresql cutycapt postgresql-client xvfb dbconfig-common ucf tomcat6
dpkg -i libreplan_1.2.3-1_armhf.deb

To resume what commands does. We first download the i386 version of Libreplan, then we extract the .deb and we recreate the directory structure of the package. We replace the architecture into the file control using sed and we rebuild the package with dpkg-deb. Then we just have to install the package dependencies and to install our brand new package. And it works ;)
The server is now listening on the port 8080, and is accessible on Be sure to change the admin password and be patient the pi will certainly suffer of the load ^^.

Note: I prefer launching this kind of service on demand so I remove it from startup with : update-rc.d tomcat6 remove

Codiad IDE

Codiad IDE is a web based IDE, which allow to create workspace and support many functionnalities like code coloration etc. It is pretty light and does not require any DB. There is no difficulties in installing Codiad.
The following steps allow to install Codiad:

wget https://github.com/Codiad/Codiad/zipball/master
unzip master
cd Codiad-Codiad-961e711/ #Adapt to the current github commit
mkdir /var/www/codiad
cp -r * /var/www/codiad/
mv /var/www/codiad/config.example.php /var/www/codiad/config.php
chmod o+w /var/www/codiad/config.php /var/www/codiad/data/ /var/www/codiad/workspace/

Then there is to possibilities, either you modify the config file to modify the root path of codiad either you create a VirtualHost.
1st method:
  • sed -i 's/^\$rel.*/\$rel = \"\/codiad\"\;/ /var/wwww/codiad/config.php
  • touch /var/www/codiad/plugins.php
2nd method:
  • touch /var/www/codiad/plugins.php
  • echo "Listen 8081" >> /etc/apache2/ports.conf
  • vim > /etc/apache2/sites-available/codiad
    <VirtualHost *:8081>
        ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
        DocumentRoot /var/www/codiad
        <Directory />
            Options FollowSymLinks
            AllowOverride None
        <Directory /var/www/codiad>
            Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
            AllowOverride None
            Order allow,deny
            allow from all
        ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
        CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
  • a2ensite codiad
  • service apache2 reload


OpenMediaVault is a NAS that allow to get a good control on the system which allow to transform the pi into a fully featured NAS. There is no package available and the OMV package repository should be added to the sources.list and to add the key of the repository.

echo 'deb http://packages.omv-plugins.org fedaykin main' >/etc/apt/sources.list.d/omv-plugins-org-fedaykin.list
echo 'deb http://packages.omv-plugins.org fedaykin-armhf main' >/etc/apt/sources.list.d/omv-plugins-org-fedaykin-armhf.list
wget -O - http://packages.omv-plugins.org/apt/99omv-plugins-org > /etc/apt/preferences.d/99omv-plugins-org
wget -O - http://packages.omv-plugins.org/omv-plugins.pub|apt-key add -

Then openmediavault can be installed. (If the installation fail due to tftpd-hpa change TFTP_OPTIONS to TFTP_OPTIONS="--secure --ipv4" in /etc/default/tftpd-hpa)
aptitude install openmediavault

You can also directly install OMV plugins from aptitude here are the available ones:
  • openmediavault-autoshutdown - OpenMediaVault AutoShutdown
  • openmediavault-clamav - OpenMediaVault ClamAV p openmediavault-cups - OpenMediaVault CUPS (network printer server)
  • openmediavault-dnsmasq - OpenMediaVault dnsmasq (local DNS and DHCP server)
  • openmediavault-forkeddaapd - OpenMediaVault forked-daapd (DAAP server)
  • openmediavault-git - OpenMediaVault Git (Git server)
  • openmediavault-iscsitarget - OpenMediaVault iSCSI Enterprise Target
  • openmediavault-ldap - OpenMediaVault Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  • openmediavault-lvm2 - OpenMediaVault Logical Volume Manager (LVM2)
  • openmediavault-minidlna - OpenMediaVault miniDLNA (DLNA server)
  • openmediavault-mysql - OpenMediaVault MySQL (MySQL database server)
  • openmediavault-netatalk - OpenMediaVault netatalk (AppleTalk Protocol Suite)
  • openmediavault-nut - OpenMediaVault Network UPS Tools (NUT)
  • openmediavault-omvpluginsorg - OMV-Plugins.org Package Repositories for OpenMediaVault
  • openmediavault-openvpn - OpenMediaVault OpenVPN (VPN server) plugin
  • openmediavault-processlist - OpenMediaVault process list panel
  • openmediavault-route - OpenMediaVault IP routing table
  • openmediavault-subversion - OpenMediaVault Subversion (SVN server)
  • openmediavault-transmissionbt - OpenMediaVault Transmission (BitTorrent client)
  • openmediavault-virtualbox - OpenMediaVault VirtualBox
  • openmediavault-website - OpenMediaVault Website plugin
I also like to make it listen on a specific port so I do the following:
echo 'Listen 8080' >> /etc/apache2/ports.conf
sed -i 's/<VirtualHost \*:80>/<VirtualHost \*:8080>/' /etc/apache2/sites-available/openmediavault-webgui


Owncloud is an amazing private cloud, easy to be set up. The following commands show how to install and configure it with SSL.

aptitude install apache2 php5 php5-json php5-gd php5-sqlite curl libcurl3 libcurl4-openssl-dev php5-curl php5-gd php5-cgi php-pear php5-dev build-essential libpcre3-dev libapache2-mod-php5 php-apc

pecl install apc
echo "apc.enabled=1" >> /etc/php5/cgi/conf.d/20-apc.ini
echo "apc.shm_size=30" >> /etc/php5/cgi/conf.d/20-apc.ini

vim /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
#Change upload_max_size
#Add extension=apc.so

a2enmod rewrite
a2enmod headers

openssl genrsa -des3 -out server.key 2048
openssl rsa -in server.key -out server.key.insecure
openssl req -new -key server.key -out server.csr
openssl x509 -req -days 365 -in server.csr -signkey server.key -out server.crt
cp server.crt /etc/ssl/certs
cp server.key /etc/ssl/private
a2enmod ssl
a2ensite default-ssl

wget http://download.owncloud.org/community/owncloud-5.0.5.tar.bz2
tar xvf owncloud-5.0.5.tar.bz2
cp -r owncloud /var/www/
chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/owncloud/

Useful links

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