Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Bitcoin Mining - Playing with Raspbian and a BFL miner

I have been keeping up with the whole bitcoin scene and decided to take a crack at trying to set up a miner.

I acquired a miner from Butterfly Labs and decided to pair it up with my Raspberry Pi.  Some quick googling and searching on the BFL forums I found this post:  https://forums.butterflylabs.com/bitcoin-discussion/3238-super-tutorial-raspberry-pi-raspbian-cgminer-tightvnc-wifi-boot.html

It is a very quick and easy step-by-step guide to setting up raspbian on your Pi and getting your miner working.  Unfortunately I did not take great notes when setting it up as I was in a rush, but I did take a few notes of some things that were required for me but were not in the initial post - I found them later in the thread.  If you're reading this, hopefully it is of some help to you.  If I have the chance to revisit my configuration/setup, I will provide an update confirming my additions.


When installing the dependencies for CGMiner, I needed to include libusb-1.0-0 and libudev-dev:

 # sudo aptitude install libusb-1.0-0 libudev-dev

These last two commands I ran... I do not know if I needed to but I highlighted them in my notes.  They are also not in the initial post but I do not know if they are in fact needed to get going:

Add the current user to the 'plugdev' group:

 # sudo usermod -G plugdev -a `whoami`

Copy 01-cgminer.rules from the cgminer folder in the home directory into /etc/udev/rules.d/:

 # sudo cp ~/cgminer/01-cgminer.rules /etc/udev/rules.d/


When you are connecting to the VNC server on your Pi, be sure to specify the port!  For me, I used :1.  The address looked like this: