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Faster Boot Times for Headless Raspberry Pi

Hello Folks, Today we will be editing our /boot/cmdline.txt for the goal of speeding up our boot time.

$ sudo nano /boot/cmdline.txt

We will change the content to :

dwc_otg.lpm_enable=0 console=serial0,115200 console=tty3 loglevel=0 root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rootfstype=ext4 elevator=deadline rootwait logo.nologo quiet splash vt.global_cuursor_default=0

The important bits are as follows:


Please make sure that all these are seperated with a space and all placed on a single line.

Additional work can be used to quicken things up: We need to tell dmesg to be quiet

sudo nano /etc/rc.local

add dmesg --console-off just above exit 0

Change the auto login in systemd, hides login message:

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/autologin\@.service

Find the line:

ExecStart=-/sbin/agetty --autologin pi --noclear %I $TERM

and change it to the following:

ExecStart=-/sbin/agetty --skip-login --noclear --noissue --login-options "-f pi" %I $TERM

Next we will remove the kernel version from showing when you auto-login

sudo nano /etc/pam.d/login

Find the line:

session    optional type=open_session stdout /bin/uname -snrvm

then change it to the following:

session    optional type=open_session stdout

Now we will a .hushlogin

touch ~/.hushlogin

or we can remove the message of the day aka MOTD. This is an alternative to touch ~/.hushlogin

sudo update-rc.d motd remove

And with that we are finished!

This is great for a headless display as we dont need to see any of that text anyway. This is also great to use if you are running a python GUI on boot. This will login and then display your GUI once fully booted.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks for reading! -Brett