[Chicago-talk] Alpine Linux distribution

Sean Blanton sean at blanton.com
Tue Sep 6 08:12:54 PDT 2022

I really have not put any thought into using Alpine at all and have never
had any issues.  We did move to a rhel distribution to converge on a
company standard.

Certainly our past use of Alpine was superficial from the OS perspective
and not supporting any type of interesting OS interaction. Programs were
simple sockets (ZeroMQ actually) and some code to process and compute. I
created some Prometheus collectors also.


Sean Blanton
sean at blanton.com

On Mon, Sep 5, 2022 at 3:30 PM James E Keenan <jkeenan at pobox.com> wrote:

> Sean Blanton,
> You wrote in an earlier message to this group,
> "The Alpine Linux distribution is popular to keep the [Docker] image
> size down."
> Can you elaborate on this?
> I ask, not because I know anything about Docker, but because over the
> past year or so, the Perl 5 Porters have had to contend with bug tickets
> or smoke-test failure reports coming from Alpine Linux users/machines.
> It's difficult for us to diagnose/resolve these problems unless we have
> contributors who (generally for business or personal reasons) are
> running Alpine Linux.  I myself have never run Alpine Linux, know
> nothing about it besides what I read on Wikipedia, and am rather clumsy
> at sys-admining various platforms.
> So, apart from the fact that "... Alpine uses musl and BusyBox instead
> of the more commonly used Glibc and GNU Core Utilities and OpenRC for
> its init system instead of systemd"
> (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpine_Linux), can you say something
> about the Alpine/Docker interaction ... or anything else that Perl users
> on other Linux distros should know?
> Thank you very much.
> Jim Keenan
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