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3.7.2 SD card and 3.7.2 Debian add-on: Any functional differences?

Of my 3 stations, one did not like the online upgrade to 3.7.2. They were all of the SD card type.

Just out of curiosity, I decided to try to upgrade the problem station again, but using the Debian add-on this time. It’s working perfectly now.

Any functional differences between the SD card and Debian add-on that I should make a note of?

If it was sd-card before, it’s still sd-card image after.

The package is the same, just the piaware configuration differs and manages some system stuff.

Also some extra packages like piaware-web.


apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

is basically the same as using the buttons on the website.

I followed this procedure:

Now the home page for that station shows:

Feeder Type: PiAware (Debian Package Add-on) 3.7.2

Instead of:

Feeder Type: PiAware (SD Card) 3.7.2

Starting from a fresh image or form a piaware sd-card?

You are not being very clear in your first post if you used a fresh Raspbian image.

upgraded the problem station.

Using a different image is not really an upgrade in my eyes.
(upgrade: sudo apt upgrade)

What functional difference are you asking for?
The data feed to flightaware is exactly the same.
The package used on the piaware sd-card is the same.

The configuration is different as dump1090-fa is not controlled by piaware when not on the piaware sd-card image.
That’s probably the main difference.

Also you can’t use piaware-config.txt to configure the network.

Thanks. I’ll re-image the SD card.


That’s not what i said. But i guess you want for example the gain configuration be the same on all your installations? Or what’s the reason for re-imaging? :slight_smile:

No…just for consistency with the other 2.