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Comparison with other distros

This page shows how some standard things are done in Alpine compared to other distributions.

Action Alpine 1.9 Alpine 1.8 Arch Linux Gentoo Debian/Ubuntu
Update package database

apk update

apk_fetch -u

pacman -Sy

emerge --sync

aptitude update

Showing available updates

apk version -l '<'

apk_version -v -l '<'

emerge --deep --update --pretend @world

aptitude upgrade --simulate

Update a particular package
Installing packages
Reinstall a particular package
Searching package database
Removing packages
Only downloading packages
Cleaning up downloaded packages
Reverse dependencies