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Boot to talkiepi


This is a simple overview to scratch install talkiepi on your Raspberry Pi, and have it start on boot. This document assumes that you have raspbian-stretch-lite installed on your SD card, and that the distribution is up to date. This document also asumes that you have already configured network/wifi connectivity on your Raspberry Pi.

By default talkiepi will run without any arguments, it will autogenerate a username and then connect to my mumble server. You can change this behavior by appending commandline arguments of -server YOUR_SERVER_ADDRESS, -username YOUR_USERNAME to the ExecStart line in /etc/systemd/system/mumble.service once installed.

talkiepi will also accept arguments for -password, -insecure, -certificate and -channel, all defined in cmd/talkiepi/main.go, if you run your own mumble server, these will be self explanatory.

Create a user

As root on your Raspberry Pi (sudo -i), create a mumble user:

adduser --disabled-password --disabled-login --gecos "" mumble
usermod -a -G cdrom,audio,video,plugdev,users,dialout,dip,input,gpio mumble


As root on your Raspberry Pi (sudo -i), install golang and other required dependencies, then build talkiepi:

apt-get install golang libopenal-dev libopus-dev git

su mumble

mkdir ~/gocode
mkdir ~/bin

export GOPATH=/home/mumble/gocode
export GOBIN=/home/mumble/bin


go get
go get

cd $GOPATH/src/

go build -o /home/mumble/bin/talkiepi cmd/talkiepi/main.go 

Start on boot

As root on your Raspberry Pi (sudo -i), copy mumble.service in to place:

cp /home/mumble/gocode/src/ /etc/systemd/system/mumble.service

systemctl enable mumble.service

Create a certificate

This is optional, mainly if you want to register your talkiepi against a mumble server and apply ACLs.

su mumble
cd ~

openssl genrsa -aes256 -out key.pem

Enter a simple passphrase, its ok, we will remove it shortly...

openssl req -new -x509 -key key.pem -out cert.pem -days 1095

Enter your passphrase again, and fill out the certificate info as much as you like, its not really that important if you're just hacking around with this.

openssl rsa -in key.pem -out nopasskey.pem

Enter your password for the last time.

cat nopasskey.pem cert.pem > mumble.pem

Now as root again (sudo -i), edit /etc/systemd/system/mumble.service appending -username USERNAME_TO_REGISTER -certificate /home/mumble/mumble.pem at the end of ExecStart = /home/mumble/bin/talkiepi

Run systemctl daemon-reload and then service mumble restart and you should be set with a tls certificate!

Use your USB speakerphone

If you are using a USB speakerphone such as the US Robotics one that I am using, you will need to change the default system sound device. As root on your Raspberry Pi (sudo -i), find your device by running aplay -l, take note of the index of the device (likely 1) and then edit the alsa config (/usr/share/alsa/alsa.conf), changing the following:

defaults.ctl.card 1
defaults.pcm.card 1

1 being the index of your device

If your speakerphone is too quiet, you can adjust the volume using amixer as such:

amixer -c 1 set Headphone 60%

1 being the index of your device

Pi Zero Fixes

I have compiled libopenal without ARM NEON support so that it works on the Pi Zero. The packages can be found in the workarounds. directory of this repo, install the libopenal1 package over your existing libopenal install.