Notes on installing HKCam on a raspberry-pi with systemd

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Installing HKCam on a raspberry pi with systemd

The documentation for manually installing HKCam on a Raspberry PI are frustratingly obscured in an Ansible playbook. This is what I did to get it up and running manually.

My System Info:

$ cat /etc/debian_version
$ cat /etc/issue
Raspbian GNU/Linux 9 \n \l

Install Process:

# Installing `raspberrypi-kernel-headers` prevents the
#   "kernel headers for this kernel does not seem to be installed."
# message from appearing when installing v4l2loopback with apt-get:
#   Module build for kernel 4.14.98-v7+ was skipped since the
#   kernel headers for this kernel does not seem to be installed.
# Also sometimes this error is shown when attempting to attach with `modprobe v4l2loopback`
# modprobe: FATAL: Module v4l2loopback not found in directory /lib/modules/4.14.98-v7+

$ sudo apt install raspberrypi-kernel-headers
$ sudo apt install v4l2loopback
$ sudo apt install ffmpeg

$ echo 'options v4l2loopback video_nr=1' | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/v4l2loopback.conf
$ sudo modprobe v4l2loopback
$ echo v4l2loopback | sudo tee -a /etc/modules

$ sudo modprobe bcm2835-v4l2
$ echo bcm2835-v4l2 | sudo tee -a /etc/modules

# visit and download a tar.gz
$ wget
$ tar xzf hkcam-v0.0.8_linux_armhf.tar.gz
$ cd hkcam-v0.0.8_linux_armhf/
$ sudo cp usr/bin/hkcam /usr/local/bin

$ sudo adduser --system --ingroup video hkcam

Systemd Service Configuration:

# /etc/systemd/system/hkcam.service

Description=HKcam HomeKit Camera



Run script

# /etc/hkcam

# set the video4linux ctl parameters
v4l2-ctl --set-fmt-video=width=1280,height=720,pixelformat=YU12
v4l2-ctl -c video_bitrate=1000000

# exec over to hkcam
exec /usr/local/bin/hkcam --min_video_bitrate=500

Activate the service:

$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload
$ sudo systemctl start hkcam
$ sudo systemctl enable hkcam

Date: 2019-Jun-09
Tags: bash systemd raspberry-pi
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