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SubjectRe: [PATCH RESEND] initramfs: cleanup incomplete rootfs
On Sat, Feb 9, 2019 at 12:08 AM Andrew Morton <> wrote:
> On Fri, 8 Feb 2019 21:45:21 +0200 Andy Shevchenko <> wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 5:22 PM David Engraf <> wrote:
> > >
> > > Unpacking an external initrd may fail e.g. not enough memory. This leads
> > > to an incomplete rootfs because some files might be extracted already.
> > > Fixed by cleaning the rootfs so the kernel is not using an incomplete
> > > rootfs.
> >
> > This breaks my setup where I have U-boot provided more size of
> > initramfs than needed. This allows a bit of flexibility to increase or
> > decrease initramfs compressed image without taking care of bootloader.
> > The proper solution is to do this if we sure that we didn't get enough
> > memory, otherwise I can't consider the error fatal to clean up rootfs.
> OK, thanks. Maybe David can suggest a fix - I'll queue up a revert
> meanwhile.
> I don't really understand the failure. Why does an oversized initramfs
> cause unpack_to_rootfs() to fail?

In my case I have got "Junk in compressed archive". I don't know (I
would check if needed) which exact condition I got since there are
three places with this message. The file itself smaller than the size
passed through bootparam. So, when decomression is finished
(successfully!) we still have a garbarge in the memory which is not
related to archive. Message per se is okay to have, though I consider
this non-fatal.

With Best Regards,
Andy Shevchenko

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