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Subjectstrange problem with initrd

Linux version 2.4.20pre4. But it seems to be happen on all versions as

gcc-3.2, glibc-2.2.5 (compiled with gcc-3.2)

Using loadlin with initrd specifying different ramdisk_size (eg. 23000,
28000, ...)

initrd=ramc1.gz (created by "gzip -9")

Linux will fail to boot failing at ...

RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
invalid compressed format (err=2)<6>Freeing initrd memory: 8162k freed

Does this mean the kernel can't recognized imaged compressed under

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