February 28, 2014

Run P4D and Your Website on a Raspberry Pi


Are you looking for a cheap way to run your personal Perforce server?  Need a quick and dirty way to serve your website from it?  This could be your next easy Raspberry Pi project.

1.) On your Raspberry Pi, run:

     wget ftp://ftp.perforce.com/perforce/r13.3/bin.linux26armel/p4d

     wget ftp://ftp.perforce.com/perforce/r13.3/bin.linux26armel/p4

2.) Change permissions so that the files are executable:

      chmod +x p4 

      chmod +x p4d

3.) Move the files to the bin directory:

      sudo mv p4* /usr/local/bin

4.) Start p4d:

      mkdir /home/pi/p4root

      p4d -r /home/pi/p4root -p raspberrypi:1666 -d

5.) Create a Perforce workspace:

      mkdir /home/pi/p4client

      cd /home/pi/p4client

      p4 -p raspberrypi:1666 client

      *vim will start, perform a :wq [enter]

6.) Create a test index.html file:

      echo "<html> Hello World! </html>" > index.html

7.) Submit it to your Perforce server:

      p4 -p raspberrypi:1666 add index.html

      p4 -p raspberrypi:1666 submit -d "Adding index.html to my raspberry pi p4 server"

8.) Start the builtin python HTTP server that comes with the Raspian image:

      python -m SimpleHTTPServer

9.) Open a browser and point to

Now you have a Perforce server and your versioned website running on your Raspberry Pi.