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Change Raspberry PI MAC

Add this argument (not as new line, just continue one which already present!) to the end of /boot/cmdline.txt:


Disable screensaver

Just add those to any executable script and run.

@xset s off
@xset -dpms
@xset s noblank

For example, ~/.xsessionrc would be fine.

Enable sound on headless Raspberry

Enable sound output in the kernel:

echo "hdmi_drive=2" >> /boot/config.txt
echo "snd_bcm2835 " >> /etc/modules

Install audio controls and player:

apt-get install alsa-utils moc

sudo amixer cset numid=3 1 # 0=auto, 1=headphones, 2=hdmi

Now play something with mocp:


Watchdog to reboot hung Raspberry

There's two parts of watchdog in Raspberry Pi - hardware one integrated with SoC and software daemon.

First we would enable hardware one, to do so you need to load the kernel module:

# modprobe bcm2708_wdog
# echo "bcm2708_wdog" >> /etc/modules

Then configure it:

  • nowayout=1 - watchdog could not be stopped by other processes
  • heartbeat=12 - number in seconds to wait for activity and reset if there's no any

    echo "options bcm2708_wdog nowayout=1 heartbeat=12" >> /etc/modprobe.d/watchdog.conf

Now install the software part:

# apt-get install watchdog
# update-rc.d watchdog defaults

Enable one of conditions in /etc/watchdog.conf, looks like most reliable is max-load-1:

max-load-1 = 24

Probably you also want to disable realtime and priority values in config. Otherwise it's possible that system is still running pretty inoperable, but because watchdog daemon has such a high priority, it is happy. See related stackexchange topic.

Then just reboot the host:

# reboot

You could also want to check watchdog by doing fork bomb or just killing the process:

swapoff -a
:(){ :|:& };:

kill -9 $(pidof watchdog)

Server should stop responding and after few moment go for a reboot.


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