Amazon shipped me the PogoPlug V4 faster than I expected. It landed on my doorstep this afternoon. It’s a little bigger than I thought, but not by much. I also ordered a couple of add-ons:
ArchLinuxARM can only boot from the top USB port. That’s why I bought the tiny flash drive. I wanted the lid to close. The wifi adapter won’t see action for a few days yet.
Installation was mostly painless, with only a couple of snags that I sorted out using their help forum.
The ArchLinux package that needs downloading is 188.3 MB. The problem is that the PogoPlug internal flash can only hold about 55 MB. The instructions on the Arch site need a bit of revision.
The first is that
bsdtar is not needed, and that you need to
cd into the flash drive for the download to fit. The regular
tar command will work where
bsdtar will fail. It will throw a warning,
tar: warning: skipping header 'x', but it completes without error.
Step 9 is listed as:
wget http://archlinuxarm.org/os/pogoplug/bsdtar chmod +x bsdtar wget http://archlinuxarm.org/os/ArchLinuxARM-kirkwood-latest.tar.gz ./bsdtar -xpf ArchLinuxARM-kirkwood-latest.tar.gz -C alarm sync
It needs to be:
cd alarm wget http://archlinuxarm.org/os/ArchLinuxARM-kirkwood-latest.tar.gz tar -xzvf ArchLinuxARM-kirkwood-latest.tar.gz sync rm ArchLinuxARM-kirkwood-latest.tar.gz
The rest of the steps work without modification.
After the reboot I was able to
ssh into the new install. As always, there’s a few things that need to be done.
Update the system:
- pacman -Syu
Install some needed packages:
- pacman -S vim sudo
Reboot, then do some basic sysadmin tasks:
- Change the root password (
- Create a non-root user and password.
- Configure sudo.
- Set up
sshpublic key access.
- Disable root login and password logins over
- Install the NTP client.
- Set the local timezone.
- Change the
- Configure the router to give the PogoPlug a static local IP address.
- Update your local
hostsfile to use the PogoPlug’s new IP address.
sudoare working using a different terminal window.
- Reboot and enjoy.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be setting up the PogoPlug to be a Time Machine backup server and maybe an ad-blocking wifi access point. Stay tuned.