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Raspberry 3 Arch install

Follow the instructions on Not worth repeating them.

  • partition sdcard
  • format, mount
  • download image and unpack

As of march 2016, the serial console is not working. Wifi requires user interaction to set up. So for the initial setup connect the pi to a normal ethernet.

user setup

enable root login via ssh. Login to the pi as user alarm (password alarm). Become root (su -, default password root). Edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config to include PermitRootLogin yes. Restart sshd (systemctl restart sshd.service)

Verfiy root login works.

Rename default user alarm to a useful account.

groupmod \
  --new-name me
usermod \
  --move-home \
  --login me \
  --home /home/me \


note requires at least raspberrypi-firmware 20160305.

Using systemd to setup the wifi connections not NetworkManager.

wpa_supplicant will associate with the wifi network. Establishing the layer2 connection. Systemd will then start dhcp to get an ip address (layer3).

prepare ssid

wpa_passphrase SSID PSK > /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant-wlan0.conf

prepare systemd by creating /etc/systemd/network/


# enable and start wpa
systemctl enable wpa_supplicant@wlan0
systemctl start wpa_supplicant@wlan0
# check that layer2 works
iw wlan0 info
iwconfig wlan0
# check that we can manually get an ip
dhcpcd -B wlan0
# reload networkd, so it will pickup the changes
systemctl restart systemd-networkd.service