I have multiple pi's running a program where they listen for a broadcast message and trigger a python script.

My python script that's triggered has config details that is same for all pi's.

Whenever I update any config option. I am reinstalling in all the pi's.

I am sure there is a more efficient way to do this. I am relatively new.. could you please direct how I can have a config file on network and share with all pi's.


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    Commented Nov 4, 2019 at 11:48

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Your options are nearly limitless here:

  • put the config file on a server and write a script which downloads it to the RPi when it boots up. Install the update script on each RPi

  • put the config file on a server and modify your original script to use the config file directly from the server

  • put the config file on a network drive and mount the drive on each RPi on boot

  • create a custom package repo and put your config file in a package. Run apt-get update; apt-get upgrade on each RPi to update the config

  • configure passwordless SSH on your RPis and write a script which pushes the config file to all RPis from your PC

  • configure a sync'd folder on each RPi with rsync or similar, and save the config file there

  • broadcast the config file in the wake-up message

the list goes on.


You can use a network share for example made with NFS (network file system) or with Samba (MS windows like network share). Then you can make a symbolic link to the config file on the network share. I know that it is working with the Unix specific NFS. I don't know if symlink to a Samba share also works but it should. For example if you have a NFS share mounted to /mnt/server/ that contains the central config file then you can symlink to it:

rpi ~$ ln -s /mnt/server/config.py config.py

Now you can use config.py like a normal local file.

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