Today a case for my Raspberry Pi arrived from Adafruit arrived and it is time for some spring cleaning.
I was running the XBMC distro on the pi, but found it cumbersome to listen to music in the home office that way. So time to start with a fresh Raspbian install.
Here are my notes:
- Get the current Raspbian release from Raspbian.org and install it on a
4GB flash disk.
- Boot the new disk and make the following configurations using
raspi-configwhich is run the first time it starts up.
– Use only 16M for GPU since I’m not running an X desktop
– set appropriate timezone
– set appropriate locale
– expand fs to use entire 4GB disk
– change pi passwd
– enable ssh access
- Now some miscellaneous setup to make life easier later on. Both tt-rss and thinkup require MySQL, but I’ll also want to use it for
owncloud too. So install MySQL server:
sudo apt-get install mysql-server
Avahi (aka bonjour) is a very nice network tool that is a DNS-less way
to announcing your hostname on the local network. Most (all) linux
tools support it, but you’ll need Apple’s Bonjour kit for Windows.
That means you can just ‘
ssh raspberrypi.local‘ or browse to
sudo apt-get install avahi-utils
I like emacs and screen is useful.
sudo apt-get install emacs23-nox screen
At this point I stop using the keyboard/monitor connected to the Raspberry Pi and use an ssh session from my laptop to do the rest.
- First install ownCloud by taking a look here: http://software.opensuse.org/download/package?project=isv:ownCloud:community&package=owncloud. Then connect to your Raspberry Pi:
Now run this script which I slightly modified from their page:
apt-key add - < Release.key
echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/isv:ownCloud:community/Debian_6.0/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list
apt-get install owncloud
At this point you’ll have all the required packages are installed. Now point a browser to http://raspberrypi.local/owncloud
You will need to create an owncloud admin account and will want to then expand the Advanced tab and to use a MySQL server instead of SQLite. Fill in root, mysql root password (I didn’t bother to set an mysql admin password, so null in my case). For the database, use
owncloudand database host
localhost. It may take a couple minutes to be complete, so be patient.
- Now install tt-rss doing the following steps:
And follow the instructions here http://tt-rss.org/redmine/projects/tt-rss/wiki/InstallationNotes which are essentially:
tar zxvf 1.7.4.tar.gz
mv Tiny-Tiny-RSS-1.7.4 tt-rss
chown -R www-data:www-data tt-rss
You will have to manually create a mysql database and import the schema
mysql -u root
create database ttrss;
Now import the database schema (a fancy way to say the database tables and some initial data)
mysql -u root ttrss < ttrss_schema_mysql.sql
And a little editing the configuration file...
cp config.php-dist config.php
emacs config.php(or use vi, nano, etc)
I made the following edits:
Point a browser to http://raspberrypi.local/tt-rss
From there login with default login/password of admin/password and you are done.
- Finally install http://www.thinkupapp.com/docs/install/quickstart.html
The one package you’ll need that isn’t already installed at this point is php5-curl.
apt-get install php5-curl
Now get the kit. I used wget and the site provided the kit, but with an unusual name.
wget -c http://thinkupapp.com/download/
mv index.html thinkup-1.3.1.zip
chown -R www-data:www-data thinkup
Almost done. Point a browser to http://raspberrypi.local/thinkup and complete the configuration.
password: blank, in my case or whatever you set the mysql root password to.
I (and probably you) don’t have a smtp server configured, so in order to activate your account, you’ll need to do this: http://www.thinkupapp.com/docs/troubleshoot/common/advanced/directdb.html
# mysql -u root thinkup
select id,full_name,is_activated from tu_owners;
| id | full_name | is_activated |
| 1 | Marc Nozell | 0 |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)
update tu_owners set is_activated=1 where id=1;
Done! Now go back to http://raspberrypi.local/thinkup and configure the plugins to your favorite social media sites.