I have a fresh install of Emacs 24.5.1 on OS X 10.11.2 and when I install prelude (https://github.com/bbatsov/prelude) via the recommended auto-magic way (curl -L https://git.io/epre | sh) then open emacs I get an error:

Warning (initialization): An error occurred while loading `/Users/caseyallred/.emacs.d/init.el':

error: Package `anzu-' is unavailable

To ensure normal operation, you should investigate and remove the
cause of the error in your initialization file.  Start Emacs with
the `--debug-init' option to view a complete error backtrace.

If i then run M-x list-packages it says that it Failed to download `melpa` archive

I'm a bit of Emacs noob and I have no idea how to fix it.

Thanks in advance

  • Melpa archive is fixed now. Commented May 2, 2016 at 20:13

2 Answers 2


It seems that it's not a problem of your install but an issue on the Melpa side. I've tracked the issue down as far as that the file "archive-contents" that Emacs tries to download from Melpa is currently corrupt / truncated:


Guess we'll have to wait until the Melpa guys do something about it.


MELPA is apparently having issues at the moment.

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