I just want to say Thanks,
First: I have never blamed Raspbian for the failures I am experiencing. I do not know enough about Raspbian to point any fingers. Yes, I admit I am doing something wrong....but I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong when I upgrade the 3B+.
For my piece of mind I would still like to run a Cron job nightly to create a blank ssh file in the boot directory.
That said...I started with a different SD Card and installed the Raspbian Stretch with desktop and recommended software using Etcher.
I created the ssh file with notepad and removed the file suffix ".txt" through Windows 7.
I booted the Pi 3B+ and all went well.
I used sudo raspi-config to enable VNC and rebooted.
The Pi came up in VNC normally and that's when things went bad
. Yes, I took a screen shot but it is in the pdf format and cannot be uploaded.
Let me describe what I encountered:
In the Raspberry Pi Configuration Menu, the screen only showed options down to the Resolution option.
I could not:
- 1. Scroll down the page or
2. Tab down the page to reveal the Cancel and Ok push buttons.
So I set the resolution to 1024 x 768.
Then I counted the number of tabs I had to enter until "System" was highlighted on the System Tab, five tabs. I then tabbed down to Resolution tab and entered four more tabs and pressed enter. It took a bit of trail and error to get this right not being able to see what was happening below the Resolution push button,
I rebooted and now the menus and options are all clearly visible and accessible.
Yesterday I spent the day running sudo raspi-config
trying every possible resolution and configuration trying to change the VNC viewer I could find....All with no effect on the Raspbian desktop through the VNC viewer.
That is why I elected to start all over with a new install.
I have now installed the Pi-Hole ad blocker and added the blocking files I use blocking, 3, 206,235 servers and all seems well. I installed the Pi-Hole with the curl -sSL https://install.pi-hole.net
| bash command. Additional block lists come from: https://blocklist.site/app/
Everything appears to be working correctly on this install.
For my piece of mind I would still like to run a Cron job nightly to recreate the ssh file,
if someone would be kind enough to guide me. Other than knowing what a cron job is I am truly clueless.
I have used the sudo apt-get install gnome-schedule
command to install Cron. The "Scheduled Tasks" option now appears within the System Tools menu. Configure Scheduled Tasks opens correctly. I created a daily task to run in the early morning but cannot find any way to give it something to do. The only Python I know how to do involves shotguns and snakes in the Everglades.
Would a kind sole please help me create the cron job and Python necessary to create the completely unneeded ssh file just so I can sleep.