Install Slackcat on Raspberry Pi (Raspbian)

Slackcat allows you to send Slack messages from the Linux command line.

Update pi

sudo apt-get update

Install Ruby and other components

sudo apt-get install ruby1.9.1 ruby ruby-dev rubygems

Install Slackcat

sudo gem install slackcat

Use Slackcat.  You will need to generate an API Key from Slacks website.

echo "Hello World" | slackcat -k API-KEY -p --channels=#CHANNEL_NAME

Examples :
Send to Channel

echo "Hello World" | slackcat -k xoxp-94827839414-94819543146-441447827184-h7dt2hg2h8ggs7d24ce638edrw9q8def -p --channels=#General

Send Direct Message

echo "Hello World" | slackcat -k xoxp-94827839414-94819543146-441447827184-h7dt2hg2h8ggs7d24ce638edrw9q8def -p --users=#General


How to Set a Static IP Address on a Raspberry Pi

The examples given here are for modifying the wlan0 interface.  Replace wlan0 with the interface you are configuring. i.e. (eth0,wlan1)

Method 1

This was the typical way to add a static IP address to a Pi, if you have issues with this, then try Method 2.

sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

In the file it is pretty easy to see which lines control which interface, find the lines that control wlan0 (or the interface your configuring) and change/add to look like below.

iface wlan0 inet static

Save the file, reboot, and the Pi should come up with the new static IP.

Method 2

It looks like on the newer versions of Raspbian, the above method does not work anymore, so now you have to edit the following file

sudo vi /etc/dhcpcd.conf

and add the following lines.

interface wlan0
static ip_address=
static routers=
static domain_name_servers=

If you just need to assign a static IP address, to the device, because it is going to be setup as a hotspot or something, you can get away with the following.

interface wlan0
static ip_address=

If you run into issues with it not assigning the address, check the /etc/network/interfaces file and make sure that the line that starts with “iface wlan0” says manual at the end and not static.  If it says “iface wlan0 inet static”, change it to “iface wlan0 inet manual”

Control LED from Command Line – Raspberry Pi

Replace “4” with the GPIO pin your using.

echo "4" > /sys/class/gpio/export

Setup the direction.  If it was a button or switch we would change “out” to “in”.

echo "out" > /sys/class/gpio/gpio4/direction

Turn the LED on.

echo "1" > /sys/class/gpio/gpio4/value

Turn the LED off.

echo "0" > /sys/class/gpio/gpio4/value

1 = on and 0 = off.


How to Install CraftBukkit Minecraft Server on Raspberry Pi

First we need to Install Java.

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre

Next lets create a CraftBukkit directory to store all the files.

mkdir ~/mc-bukkit
cd ~/mc-bukkit

And lets download CraftBukkit.

wget "" -O "craftbukkit.jar"

Now lets create a script that we can use to start the Server.

sudo vi /etc/init.d/

Copy and paste the following text.

#! /bin/sh
# /etc/init.d/mcserver

# Minecraft CraftBukkit Start script

case "$1" in
    echo "Starting mcserver"
    cd "$MCDIR"
    java -Xmx512M -jar craftbukkit.jar -o true &
    echo "Stopping mcserver"
    kill `pgrep mcserver`
    echo "Usage: /etc/init.d/mcserver {start|stop}"
    exit 1
exit 0

Now lets make the file executable.

chmod +x

And launch

sudo /etc/init.d/

The first lunch will take a long time so be patient.

If you want to start CraftBukkit when your Pi boots up then run the following command.

sudo /etc/init.d/ start

Turn Your Raspberry Pi into a Wireless Hotspot


The goal of this guide is to turn a Raspberry Pi into a wireless home/mobile router.


  1. Raspberry Pi with raspbian
  2. Wireless USB device.  The guide uses a Edimax Nano USB Wifi (EW-7811Un) adapter
  3. Ethernet cat5 cable to connect to the Internet

Lets get started.

Install the following packages.

sudo apt-get install hostapd dnsmasq iptables

Open up “/etc/network/interfaces” and add the following lines.  If there is a line for wlan0 you can comment it out with a “#”.

iface wlan0 inet static

Configure Hostapd

Edit the following file “/etc/default/hostapd” so it looks like this.


Now edit the hostapd config file “/etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf” and configure the wireless access point.


 Configure the DHCP Server

For the DHCP server we just need to add the following lines to “/etc/dnsmasq.conf”


Configure Iptables

Now we need to set it up so the pi can forward traffic from wlan0 to eth0.

Edit “/etc/sysctl.conf” and uncomment the following line


then execute

sysctl -p

Next create an iptables “config” file.

sudo touch /etc/network/if-up.d/
sudo chmod +x /etc/network/if-up.d/
sudo su -c "echo '/etc/network/if-up.d/' >> /etc/rc.local"

Add the following line to the file.

sudo iptables --table nat --append POSTROUTING --out-interface eth0 -j MASQUERADE
sudo iptables --append FORWARD --in-interface wlan0 -j ACCEPT

If you are using the same wireless adapter that is used in this guide then you will need to execute the following commands to replace the hostapd binary.  You can find more info here.

sudo mv /usr/sbin/hostapd /usr/sbin/hostapd.bak
sudo mv hostapd /usr/sbin/hostapd.edimax
sudo ln -sf /usr/sbin/hostapd.edimax /usr/sbin/hostapd
sudo chown root.root /usr/sbin/hostapd
sudo chmod 755 /usr/sbin/hostapd

That should do it. Plug in the Ethernet cable and reboot  your pi and you should be good to go.

Installing Raspbian on Raspberry Pi from the Linux Command Line

First download the Rasbian zip from here.

Unzip the zipped file.

unzip 2014-01-07-wheezy-raspbian.img

You need to find your sdcard name.  If you don’t now how to, take a look at this post.

Next format your card as Fat32.

Now write the image to the sdcard with the following command.  Replace the mmcblk0 part of “of=/dev/mmcblk0” with your drive name.

sudo dd if=~/2014-01-07-wheezy-raspbian.img of=/dev/mmcblk0 bs=4M

It will not display any information until it is finished, so be patience.

Once it is complete, eject it and plug it into your Raspberry Pi and boot it up.