Ubuntu OS initial configurations
Removing snap package
Free resources (computing, memory and storage) since I am not going to use snap package manager.
Step 1. List snap packages installed
sudo snap list
The output will something like
sudo snap list Name Version Rev Tracking Publisher Notes core18 20210611 2074 latest/stable canonical✓ base lxd 4.0.7 21029 4.0/stable/… canonical✓ - snapd 2.51.1 12398 latest/stable canonical✓ snapd
Step 2. Remove snap packages with command
snap remove <package>
snap remove lxd && snap remove core18 && snap remove snapd
Step 3. Remove snapd package
sudo apt purge snapd
Remove packages not required
sudo apt autoremove
Raspberry PI specific configuration
Installing Fake RTC clock
Raspberry PI does not have by default a RTC (real-time clock) keeping the time when the Raspberry PI is off. A RTC module can be added to each RaspberryPI but we won’t do it here since we will use NTP to keep time in sync.
Even when NTP is used to synchronize the time and date, when it boots takes as current-time the time of the first-installation and it could cause problems in boot time when the OS detect that a mount point was created in the future and ask for manual execution of fscsk
I have detected this behaviour with my Raspberry PIs when mounting the iSCSI LUNs in
node1-node5 and after rebooting the server, the server never comes up.
As a side effect the NTP synchronizatio will also take longer since NTP adjust the time in small steps.
For solving this
fake-hwclock package need to be installed.
fake-hwclock keeps track of the current time in a file and it load the latest time stored in boot time.
Installing Utility scripts
Raspberry PI OS contains several specific utilities such as
vcgencmd that are also available in Ubuntu 20.04 through the package
sudo apt install libraspberrypi-bi
Two scripts, using
vcgencmd command for checking temperature and throttling status of Raspberry Pi, can be deployed on each Raspberry Pi (in
pi_temp for getting Raspeberry Pi temperature
pi_throttling for getting the throttling status
Boths scripts can be executed remotely with Ansible:
ansible -i inventory.yml -b -m shell -a "pi_temp" raspberrypi ansible -i inventory.yml -b -m shell -a "pi_throttling" raspberrypi
Change default GPU Memory Split
The Raspberry PI allocates part of the RAM memory to the GPU (76 MB of the available RAM)
Since the Raspberry PIs in the cluster are configured as a headless server, without monitorm and using the server Ubuntu distribution (not desktop GUI) Rasberry PI reserved GPU Memory can be set to lowest possible (16M).
Step 1. Edit
/boot/firmware/config.txtfile, adding at the end:
Step 2. Reboot the Raspberry Pi