Install Alpine on VirtualBox

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How To Install Alpine on VirtualBox

VirtualBox is a Sun/Oracle virtualization product for x86 architecture. This document describes one way to install alpine to that platform.

Before You Start

First [{{#latestalp:alpine|url}} download latest Alpine CD image].

Create the Virtual Machine

Start by creating new VM and setting it to run linux with 2.6 series kernel.
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Set amount of memory. Since alpine runs in memory the recommended 256 MB might be too little for your needs.
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Create a disk. I wanted to emulate a Compact Flash system, so the setting is 2GB. This could be much higher if you like.
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Start the Virtual Machine

After Starting the VirtualBox, the first run wizard will ask for a cd image. Mount your downloaded alpine.iso image here.
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Install Alpine

After Alpine boots type root to login.
Find out the virtual harddisk ID.

dmesg | grep disk

With default settings in the VirtualBox this will be sda.

Make the actual installation following

Note: Edit /media/sda1/syslinux.cfg to boot from the HD (alpine_dev=sda1:vfat)

vi /media/sda1/syslinux.cfg

Configure Installation

Stop Alpine:

halt

After Alpine has been stopped, unmount the CD image in VirtualBox (Devices menu).
Start the virtual machine again and it should boot from the virtual disk.

Setup Alpine:

setup-alpine