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STICKY: Super Simple Pidora Quick Start Guide

Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:07 am

After a couple days and lots of research trying to get my setup just right, I realized it only took a few steps. I used my own SD card, loaded Pidora on it from my Mac, and got the wireless USB dongle up and running. Getting the wifi working was not easy. I tried a number of approaches and finally found the right commands.

These commands are taken from various other "quick start guides" but simplified here. This assumes you are somewhat familiar with a command line and that you are using Mac OS to set up the SD card:

On your Mac:
1. Insert the SD card and get the device of your SD card

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diskutil list
2. Unmount the disk with the device listed above

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diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk<n>
3. Write the disk image to the SD card

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sudo dd bs=1m if=Pidora-2014-R2-1.img of=/dev/disk2
On your Pi:
1. Insert the card in the Raspberry Pi and start it up.
2. Fire up your wireless network

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nmcli dev wifi con "myssid" password "myssidpassword"
3. Celebrate!

I also recommend installing net-tools (provides ifconfig) and updating the system (as root):

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yum install net-tools
yum update
Hopefully this will save someone some googling! Happy hacking!

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Re: Super Simple Pidora Quick Start Guide

Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:36 pm

Thanks for the post.

ifconfig *is* available in Pidora without installing net-tools, it's just named "pifconfig"

At first I though it was named like that as some sort of nod to the "pi" (Pidora, pifconfig, etc.) but it's actually part of the python-ethtool pacakge:

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[[email protected] boot]# rpm -qf /usr/sbin/pifconfig 
Best regards,


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