Unable to boot following manjaro update

Dear All, I am new to manjaro, and not deep into linux. I did an update in accordance to the the update-installer. Yet, after the update and a restart, I was unable to boot.

Note that I have a single manjaro install (no dual boot) on the PC.

At boot, here is the information that I get:

[0.364175] Initramfs unpacking failed: invalid magic at start of compressed archive
[0.401288] Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)
[0.4008063] CPU: 2 PID: 1 Comm: swapper/0 Not tainted 5.4.124-1-MANJARO #1
[0.408140] Hardware name: LENOVO xxx, BIOS N10ET50W (1.29) 02/26/2018
[0.408229] Call Trace:
[0.408275] dump_stack+0x64/0x7c
[0.408320] panic+0x108/0x2de
[0.408366] mount_block_root+0x2f1/0x315
[0.408431] prepare_namespace+0x136/0x16c
[0.408483] ? rest_init+0xbf/0xbf
[0.408527] kernel_init+0xa/0x101
[0.408565] ret_from_fork+0x35/0x40
[0.408657] Kernel Offset: 0x4000000 from 0xffffffff81000000 (relocation range: 0xffffffff80000000-0xffffffffbfffffff)
[0.408778] ---[ end Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0) ]---

Thank you in advance for your insights so as to solve this problem.

Welcome at the forum, @ne_vanrijn,

did you interrupt the update procedure?

No, I did not.

  • I would try an fsck on your partitions, first. Initiated from a live ISO boot.
  • Also, if you boot in UEFI mode - check if your /boot/efi partition is large enough.

Another reason could be that you have an outdated /etc/mkinitcpio.conf. When you boot the live ISO I would manjaro-chroot into your system and then execute

rm /var/lib/pacman/db.lck
pacman-mirrors -f && pacman -Syyu

Afterwards, reboot normally.



Thanks. That’s no simple fix for a beginner. I will have to look at the solution in greater details later today. But, as a general feedback, I’m amazed by the speed at which we get support on this forum! That’s quite encouraging!


Thanks to you, my problem is solved. Really appreciated! :+1:

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