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Creating Software Repositories for Alpine Linux


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Alpine Linux has become increasingly important as it’s a popular base linux for Docker containers. One it’s many quirks is it doesn’t use Debian (apt) or RPM (yum) software repositories. Insteak alpine uses a package managment client called apk, which reads from repositories that are neither debian, nor RPM repositories. Instead an alpine linux repository is based off on an APKINDEX file, which sounds like it’s a bit of a moving target.

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Originally Posted: 31st December 2018