Commit 73310a16 authored by H. Peter Anvin's avatar H. Peter Anvin

init: make initrd/initramfs decompression failure a KERN_EMERG event

Impact: More consistent behaviour, avoid policy in the kernel

Upgrade/downgrade initrd/initramfs decompression failure from
inconsistently a panic or a KERN_ALERT message to a KERN_EMERG event.
It is, however, possible do design a system which can recover from
this (using the kernel builtin code and/or the internal initramfs),
which means this is policy, not a technical necessity.

A good way to handle this would be to have a panic-level=X option, to
force a panic on a printk above a certain level.  That is a separate
patch, however.
Signed-off-by: default avatarH. Peter Anvin <>
parent 23a22d57
......@@ -83,7 +83,8 @@ identify_ramdisk_image(int fd, int start_block, decompress_fn *decompressor)
printk(KERN_NOTICE "RAMDISK: %s image found at block %d\n",
compress_name, start_block);
if (!*decompressor)
printk(KERN_CRIT "RAMDISK: %s decompressor not configured!\n",
"RAMDISK: %s decompressor not configured!\n",
nblocks = 0;
goto done;
......@@ -528,7 +528,7 @@ static int __init populate_rootfs(void)
char *err = unpack_to_rootfs(__initramfs_start,
__initramfs_end - __initramfs_start, 0);
if (err)
panic(err); /* Failed to decompress INTERNAL initramfs */
if (initrd_start) {
int fd;
......@@ -554,9 +554,12 @@ static int __init populate_rootfs(void)
printk(KERN_INFO "Unpacking initramfs...");
err = unpack_to_rootfs((char *)initrd_start,
initrd_end - initrd_start, 0);
if (err)
printk(" done\n");
if (err) {
printk(" failed!\n");
printk(KERN_EMERG "%s\n", err);
} else {
printk(" done\n");
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