Is using raspi-config on Ubuntu an anti-pattern or there's an equivalent package made just for Ubuntu?

I'd like to use it to easily control OverlayFS for example. Is this possible with Ubuntu on RPi 4?

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raspi-config is a simple (if long and involved) shell script to configure Pi hardware and Raspbian settings. It is just a front end to the underlying system commands.

As Ubuntu (which doesn't even have a supported Desktop OS) uses different networking, kernel and many other packages it would need a Ubuntu specific version (there was a version for Ubuntu MATE 16.04). Canonical, in its infinite wisdom, has not provided an equivalent.

It would be feasible for a Ubuntu user to write a version for Ubuntu.


You could use following script to install raspi-config to any Debian like OS.

wget https://archive.raspberrypi.org/debian/pool/main/r/raspi-config/raspi-config_20200601_all.deb -P /tmp
sudo apt-get install libnewt0.52 whiptail parted triggerhappy lua5.1 alsa-utils -y
# Auto install dependancies on eg. ubuntu server on RPI
sudo apt-get install -fy
sudo dpkg -i /tmp/raspi-config_20200601_all.deb

But it couldn't be really useful as said @Milliways because of different OS libs.

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    In Lubuntu 18.04 LTS on x86 (Eee PC 900) I only had to sudo apt install lua5.1 in order to install raspi-config_20210119_all.deb.
    – mobluse
    Commented Feb 1, 2021 at 12:00

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