As we read a few weeks ago, we already have our system almost ready. Now we need software and what better way than learning how to upgrade our alpinOS or use its apk package manager.
It's always convenient to have non-root users on the system. We will be traditional and add a pi user in the /home/pi directory.
adduser -g 'John Wick' pi chown -R pi /home/pi lbu add /home/pi lbu commit -d
Now if you type login, you will be able to access as the user pi.
apk add nano git # Install nano and git apk search mc # Search package mc apk search -v -d 'htop' # Search for htop package and display description apk search -v 'php*' # Search for packages that start with php apk from php7 # Remove php7 package apk cache -v sync # Clears cache and synchronizes lost packages apk info | sort # Shows installed packages in order apk info -vv | grep 'nano' # Shows if nano package is installed apk -e info nano # Shows if nano package is installed apk stats # Packet statistics
If you want to check the packages from the comfort of your web browser, you can visit alpine.pkgs.org.
There are several ways to keep the system up to date. I'll tell you what I think is the best option. It is to replace the urls that point to the specific version you have downloaded, by the last one. Edit the file /etc/apk/repositories, comment the mirrors with version number and add the following ones:
http://dl-3.alpinelinux.org/alpine/latest-stable/main http://dl-3.alpinelinux.org/alpine/latest-stable/community http://dl-cdn.alpinelinux.org/alpine/edge/main http://dl-cdn.alpinelinux.org/alpine/edge/community
There is another way more cool:
sed -i '/community/s/^#//' /etc/apk/repositories sed -i '/edge/s/^#//' /etc/apk/repositories
Now we proceed to update and upgrade:
apk update && apk upgrade
Remember! Run lbu commit -d after installing the software you need or all changes will be lost like tears in the rain.
And that's it. I leave you the comments if you want to add something else, contribute ideas for my repo, etc...