Create a Bootable Compact Flash

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This process applies to Alpine Linux 1.9.0 or later, and results in a run-from-ram style installation.


In order to follow this document, you will need:

  • Alpine Linux CD-ROM (Download a .iso file containing an Alpine release.)
  • Computer with CF card reader
  • CF card
Note: Some CF card readers have problems with the faster CF cards on the market. If you experience problems booting the CF card even after checking BIOS settings, you may need to use an older card.
Note: This method will keep your private data on CF card, this security issue is a trade-off.

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DMA Support

Many CF card readers don't support DMA correctly, so you may need to add nodma to the append line of the syslinux.cfg file.

See Also

Alpine Linux has some special applications that helps you to use it in the way you want.
Some of the first scripts you are suggested to use is:

  • setup-alpine (Configures all basic things on your Alpine Linux)
  • setup-acf (was named setup-webconf before Alpine 1.9 beta 4) (Configures ACF (webconfiguration) so you can manage your box through https)
Note: Just type any of the above commands on your console and hit Enter to execute the script.

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