I've been trying to setup my raspberry pi and preconfigure the SD card for wifi before plugging it into my pi. I started using the instructions here. Originally, my pi was already preconfigured for XBox Media Center when I bought it, but I wiped the SD card (SanDisk) when I followed these instructions. In the first article, the author says that once Raspbian is installed on my SD card, I should be able to use 'sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces' to access the interfaces file and begin configuring the Pi for wifi. However, when I try this command, Nano clearly indicates that this is a new file in a new directory, so it did not exist after the Raspbian installation. I changed directories into the disk (/Volumes/boot/) and do not see the etc directory anywhere. Instead I have:


I cd'd into bootcode.bin, but did not find the etc folder. I've tried searching for what contents should be in the SD card after I complete the installation, but every guide just shows what the output should look like after running the dd command, then says 'plug in the pi and boot it'. I don't have a monitor, keyboard or mouse available to do this so I have to run a headless setup. Can someone please explain if I've installed this incorrectly?

  • What OS are you doing this on?
    – Milliways
    Aug 27, 2014 at 23:46
  • "before plugging it into my pi"--the raspbian install doesn't complete until you boot it in your pi. You need to hook a keyboard and monitor initially even if you plan to run it headless later. Some of the configuration simply has to be done live.
    – Tyson
    Aug 28, 2014 at 0:30
  • Tyson, thanks for the info. I had a feeling... @Milliways, this is on OSX Mavericks Aug 28, 2014 at 0:48

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OSX does not support Ext4 so you won't be able to edit /etc/network/interfaces on the Pi.

'sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces' would be trying to access the file on your Mac.

You will need a Linux machine if you want to do this, but it will be easier just to boot the Pi.

  • What about a Linux virtual machine? I have a couple of Ubuntu machines. Aug 28, 2014 at 1:16
  • Actually, I think I can figure something out here. I've found a few articles. I'll post back in comments once I've tried it out. Thanks! Aug 28, 2014 at 1:39
  • You could use a virtual machine. You have to make sure it has access to the SD Card. I have done this with hard discs, but not SD. You could always boot to a Linux disk.
    – Milliways
    Aug 28, 2014 at 1:42

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