Questions tagged [headless]

A headless system is one that runs without a monitor (the head).

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Is the Raspberry Pi suitable for running continuously, 24/7?

I would like to run a headless machine to perform some basic automation and statistical generation (e.g. generating netstats, uploading to pvoutput.org), as well as any other trivial batch jobs that ...
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Prepare for ssh without a screen

I have a Raspberry Pi model B at home, but I do not have a screen. My plan is to connect it to the Ethernet and then ssh into it. But this means that the SD card with the operating system (Debian ...
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Prepare SD card for Wifi on Headless Pi

I need to SSH my Pi over wifi but because it is a model A board (using a usb hub is not possible - ever) and I have no ethernet, i can't configure the Pi to connect to my secured wifi network. I want ...
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Running Headless - checking boot screen messages

It's fairly easy now to run headless from scratch with a Raspberry Pi. One area that might have an issue though is debugging issues with devices that have been added to the Raspberry Pi. Often you ...
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How to shut down RPi when running headless

If I am running a Pi headless, is there a command I can use to safely shut down, or should I simply remove the power cord?
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Enabling SSH on RPi without screen - keystrokes for raspi-config?

I don't have a screen for my Raspberry Pi. I want to SSH into it, but I get Connection Refused, so I presume SSH is not enabled. As advised in other questions I have looked at enabling the ...
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How to uninstall X Server and Desktop Manager when running as headless server?

I'm using my Raspberry Pi as a headless server which I can ssh into. I don't need the X Server, LXDE etc. I'm running Raspbian "wheezy". I've already disabled "Start desktop on boot" using raspi-...
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How to get Wi-Fi to connect on boot?

Raspberry Pi Model B OS: Raspbian I am running my Pi headless (currently through a direct Ethernet connection). I have a USB WiFi dongle. I would like to have the WiFi start up at boot and connect ...
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SSH the Pi from computer with a USB cable only

I remember that when starting with Pi a few years ago (see this 2.5 year old question), it was impossible to SSH the Pi (without screen / keyboard / mouse) from computer with a USB cable only. One had ...
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Use /boot/cmdline.txt for creating first-boot script

Many questions have been asked about how to find my Pi on my network. Others - including myself - have time consuming issues while trying to deploy a batch of fresh Pi's. While the creation of ...
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“Permission denied” for Raspbian default SSH password

I'm trying to set up a Raspberry Pi Zero W as a headless device on my local network, and am performing the initial setup with a fresh copy of Raspbian Stretch I've tried installing both the latest ...
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What is the standard file system that a SD card have to use before write Raspbian using dd command?

I am very new to the Rasperry Pi and I am installing Raspbian in Headless manner. I have the following question. I have to write the Raspbian image on my SD card using the dd Linux command. The ...
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How do I setup wifi on without being able to login?

I have a laptop, a power cable, an sd card, and a Pi3 (wifi built in). I'm trying to ssh in but first I need to setup the wifi. Where on the boot partition can I setup wifi (cmdline.txt?) with a ...
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How can I diagnose a headless Raspberry Pi Zero W that hangs?

I'm trying to run my Pi Zero W as a motion detecting camera using RPI cam web interface but it keeps hanging after a few hours at most. Before it hangs, it can record motion detect videos and upload ...
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Minecraft-pi on headless pi using ssh -X

Is it somehow possible to run minecraft-pi on a headless RPi using ssh -X? I had to add my user to the video group, but then I could start it via ssh, but all I get is a black, non-responsive window ...
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Pi Headless: How to confirm that the Pi is shut down

I am running my Pi headless connected to my wireless router using a ethernet cable. I wanted to shut down the pi remotely even when I am not connected to it using SSH/Putty to shut it down exclusively....
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How can I troubleshoot kernel panics?

My Raspberry Pi 3 has been working stably for a year now as a headless server. In the last month, it's started crashing frequently (every two days). I can attach a monitor and see that there has been ...
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Headless wifi configuration ( AP mode )

I'm looking for a solution for configuring wifi in headless mode, the same way as IoT devices : when not known wifi in range, toggle to AP mode with a predefined SSID, run a small web-server to list ...
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SSH Via Ethernet Without Internet Sharing

I am working on a project that uses an SSH connection via ethernet to the Raspberry Pi. Currently I am doing this by enabling internet sharing via ethernet on my computer (OSX El Capitan). The point ...
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Trying to get SSH over USB to work (Raspberry pi Zero W)

I'm trying to connect to my Raspberry Pi Zero W using SSH over USB. I've seen other people do it, and I have tried multiple different tutorials over the last few days, but none of them worked. I've ...
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Pairing my Raspberry Pi with my Mac

I'm as new as possible to Raspberry Pi, and I'd like to configure the following: My Raspberry Pi connected directly to my Mac via an Ethernet cable, so that I can setup and run the RP entirely from ...
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Shutting down my Pi safely

I was looking at How to shut down RPi when running headless and really happy to see the awesomeness! So, is it possible to use udev rule to shutdown my Pi when I switch off the router that connects ...
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Safe way to shut of Pi without keyboard, access to command line ,etc

I'm trying to utilize a Pi on a high altitude balloon where I just stick the pi in and go, when I get it back though to shut it down...is there a safe way without access to monitor, keyboard, etc? It ...
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Raspberry Pi network crashes but can still ping

I have my raspberry Pi set up as a headless server running samba and deluge, where the OS's file system is mounted as read-only. It is connected by ethernet cable to the router, and has a USB hard ...
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Connecting a headless Pi Zero W to a bluetooth speaker

Edit: The problem does not occur using another bluetooth speaker. As that speaker is also the one I'm planning on using, the question is now only of academic interest. I'm trying to set up a small ...
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Get a pi running headless, first time use, with only NOOBS pre-installed on SD card

I got a pi3 with an SD card+adapter pre-installed with NOOBS. I'm wondering if there is some way to get this running headless through my laptop, on which I have Ubuntu 15.04 installed. I'm totally ...
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xterm-256color behavior on Mac OS X

I have succeeded getting a minimalist connection between my Mac and my Raspberry Pi (RPi). With one USB-Serial adapter cable, I login to my RPi and do command-line work, even using Vim to edit files, ...
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Direct SSH from Mac to Raspberry Pi on its own wifi

I'm as new as possible to Raspberry Pi, and I'd like to configure the following: My Raspberry Pi connected directly to my Mac via an Ethernet (or other) cable, so that I can setup and run the RP ...
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Trouble autoconnecting to wireless network after automounting USB drive

I'm having issues SSHing into a headless Raspberry Pi over the wireless network. I set up the fresh install properly with /boot/ssh and wpa_supplicant.conf, and I even modified etc/network/interface ...