apk.static: a minimum viable base image
This image provides the absolute minimum contents necessary to safely bootstrap a container to the point that it is not necessary to build a rootfs on the host to add to the container; i.e. it can be delegated to the package manager, Alpine Linux's apk. We include a static build of apk and signing keys for the Alpine repositories only; even busybox is excluded, which leaves no shell. This means that it's fairly difficult to run anything in this container, and a Dockerfile generally must use the exec form of RUN to install packages unless other executables are added. The recommended form is as follows:
FROM vaca/apk.static RUN ["apk.static","--no-cache","--no-progress","add","--upgrade", \ "alpine-baselayout", \ "alpine-keys", \ "musl-utils"]
Note that images built over will generally not be the smallest images possible for their purpose, and in fact the use of a static apk executable means derived images which otherwise use OpenSSL will generally be about 2M bigger than an equivalent image with dynamically linked apk.