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There are currently two supported ways of running Alpine, from CDROM or from USB stick.
 
 
 
== Preparing the media ==
 
 
 
=== CDROM ===
 
Download the latest iso image from the [http://www.alpinelinux.org/mediawiki/index.php/Downloads download] area and burn it.
 
 
 
=== USB ===
 
Alpine is shipped in compressed tar.gz archives for USB.
 
 
 
==== Make USB-stick bootable ====
 
===== From windows =====
 
* Download the [http://dl.alpinelinux.org/alpine/v1.6/usbdrive/syslinux.exe syslinux.exe] utility.
 
* Start a command prompt (Start->run, type ''cmd'' and press >enter>)
 
* Run syslinux with your USB drive as parameter. If your USB drive is E:, then you type:
 
syslinux E:
 
* Flag the pertition bootable
 
fdisk E:
 
(Make the partition bootable somehow :-)
 
 
 
===== From Linux =====
 
* install syslinux (I.E ''sudo apt-get syslinux'' or ''emerge apt-get syslinux'')
 
* Copy MBR to the USB drive (assuming your USB drive is /dev/sda)
 
  dd if=/usr/lib/syslinux/mbr.bin of=/dev/sda
 
* Run syslinux with your USB drive as parameter.
 
  sudo syslinux /dev/sda1
 
* Flag the partition bootable
 
fdisk /dev/sda
 
  a (Toggle's the bootable flag)
 
  1 (The partition you want to have the flag)
 
  w (Writing your changes to the disk)
 
 
 
==== Unpack Alpine to USB drive ====
 
* Download a alpine-x.x.x-yyyyyy.tar.gz package.
 
* Unpack all the files to your usb drive using a unpacker like [http://www.7-zip.org 7-zip].
 
 
 
== Initial setup ==
 
After booting up you will see a login prompt. Log in as ''root''.
 
 
 
To do the basic initial configuration run:
 
  setup-alpine
 
 
 
 
 
There you will set the hostname, configure the network and set the root password.
 
 
 
Add the following line to your ''/etc/lbu/lbu.conf'' file:
 
  LBU_MEDIA=usb
 
 
 
If you want to store the configureation on floppy you set ''LBU_MEDIA=floppy'' instead.
 
 
 
To save the configuration for next reboot run:
 
  lbu commit
 
 
 
 
 
=== Managing software packages ===
 
To list all the packages that are available in repository, run:
 
  apk_fetch -l
 
  apk_fetch -v -l
 
 
 
 
 
To install a package run:
 
  apk_add <PACKAGE>
 
 
 
To remove the package run:
 
  apk_delete <PACKAGE>
 
 
 
To also remove the dependencies togehter with the package, run:
 
  apk_delete -R <PACKAGE>
 
 
 
To list all installed packages run:
 
  apk_info
 
 
 
=== Managing boot services ===
 
 
 
To start a service during boot run:
 
  rc_add <service>
 
 
 
=== Managing local backups ===
 
 
 
To add a config file to the local backup list run:
 
  lbu_add /path/to/file
 
 
 
To save all the files in the local backup list to floppy run:
 
  lbu_commit floppy
 
 
 
To save the configs to USB drive run:
 
  lbu_commit usb
 
 
 
To list files in the local backup list run:
 
  cat /etc/backuplist
 

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