Initramfs unpacking failed: junk in compressed archive

Vincent Olivier vincent at
Thu Jan 5 14:26:05 UTC 2017


I want to try the Alpine Linux “VIRTUAL” ISO because it seems everybody is going this way nowadays:

I’m using the “vm-bhyve” scripts and based on the “alpine.conf” template here:

I made my own template to match the paths for the “VIRTUAL” ISO because they are slightly different:

grub_install0="linux /boot/vmlinuz-virtgrsec initrd=/boot/initramfs-virtgrsec alpine_dev=cdrom:iso9660 modules=loop,squashfs,sd-mod,usb-storage quiet”
grub_install1="initrd /boot/initramfs-virtgrsec”

And it seems to load the linux image but it chokes on the “initramfs” with this message: "Initramfs unpacking failed: junk in compressed archive”

I know it has something to do with the compression of the image, but I wouldn’t know how to solve it.

My intention is to install it using GRUB and after running the install scripts on the ZFS volume, I will try to have it support EFI according to this wiki page:

But I can’t even get it to boot the MBR installer…

If someone could point me in the right direction, that would be great!



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