Alma persistent USB creation error

Heya everyone!

I am trying to create a persistent Manjuaro USB. Something to have handy alwaays. For this, I have discovered alma. Unfortunately, I got an error when using it. (Can’t remeember what the error was.)

So after a bit of searching, I cae accross these alma Manjaro profiles.

Now, I’m the firrst to admit I’m no eexper. I doon’t consider myself too much of a beginner, but I’'m certainly no expert either. But they looked legit, so I gave 'em a spin.

As per the instructions I execute:

git clone
cd alma-presets-manjaro

sudo ALMA_USER=<username> alma create --presets <xfce|kde|gnome>

And yes, I did remember to change the <username>. I also tried both the xfce as well as the kde profiles.

I selected my USB drive and off it went, like a herd of turtle, stampeding their way thorough peanut butter.

All went well until it got here, then something went wrong.

::INFO Mirror list generated and saved to: /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist
hint: use `pacman-mirrors` to generate and update your pacman mirrorlist.
(27/29) Copy Thunderbird Distribution Settings
(28/29) Updating the desktop file MIME type cache...
(29/29) Updating the MIME type database...
passwd: password expiry information changed.
2021-09-16T13:32:10.956Z INFO  alma              > Running custom scripts
+ useradd -m mirdarthos
+ passwd mirdarthos
New password:
Retype new password:
passwd: password updated successfully
+ usermod -G users,lp,video,network,storage,wheel,audio -a mirdarthos
+ echo '%wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL'
+ systemctl enable apparmor
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/ → /usr/lib/systemd/system/apparmor.service.
+ systemctl enable snapd.apparmor
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/ → /usr/lib/systemd/system/snapd.apparmor.service.
+ systemctl enable snapd
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/ → /usr/lib/systemd/system/snapd.service.
+ systemctl enable lightdm
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/display-manager.service → /usr/lib/systemd/system/lightdm.service.
cp: cannot stat '/shared_dirs/xfce-branding/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf': No such file or directory
Error: Failed running preset script

Caused by:
Bad exit code: exit code: 1

I am unable to pinpoint what or where, perhaps I’m just too clueless. Can anyone give me any insight?

As usual, the requested `inxi`:
$ inxi --admin --verbosity=7 --filter --no-host --width
Kernel: 5.10.61-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0 
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.10-x86_64 
root=UUID=9a26c8d0-43f4-44ad-a7d3-861d6f6cdbfa rw quiet apparmor=1 
security=apparmor resume=UUID=1b3f894f-5481-4241-ace5-c129a0cdb412 
Console: tty pts/2 DM: LightDM, SDDM Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux 
Type: Desktop System: Gigabyte product: Z370 HD3 v: N/A serial: N/A 
Mobo: Gigabyte model: Z370 HD3-CF v: x.x serial: N/A 
UEFI: American Megatrends v: F5 date: 10/30/2017 
Message: No system battery data found. Is one present? 
RAM: total: 15.58 GiB used: 6.96 GiB (44.7%) 
Array-1: capacity: 64 GiB slots: 4 EC: None max-module-size: 16 GiB 
note: est. 
Device-1: ChannelA-DIMM0 size: No Module Installed 
Device-2: ChannelA-DIMM1 size: No Module Installed 
Device-3: ChannelB-DIMM0 size: 8 GiB speed: 2133 MT/s type: DDR4 
detail: synchronous unbuffered (unregistered) bus-width: 64 bits 
total: 64 bits manufacturer: G.Skill part-no: F4-3000C16-8GSXKB serial: N/A 
Device-4: ChannelB-DIMM1 size: 8 GiB speed: 2133 MT/s type: DDR4 
detail: synchronous unbuffered (unregistered) bus-width: 64 bits 
total: 64 bits manufacturer: G.Skill part-no: F4-3000C16-8GSXKB serial: N/A 
Info: 6-Core model: Intel Core i7-8700 socket: LGA1151 (U3E1) note: check 
bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Kaby Lake note: check family: 6 
model-id: 9E (158) stepping: A (10) microcode: EA cache: L1: 384 KiB 
L2: 12 MiB L3: 12 MiB bogomips: 76831 
Speed: 4431 MHz min/max: 800/4600 MHz base/boost: 4300/8300 volts: 1.1 V 
ext-clock: 100 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 4431 2: 4390 3: 4483 4: 4498 
5: 4492 6: 4452 7: 4478 8: 4461 9: 4449 10: 4451 11: 4465 12: 4487 
Flags: 3dnowprefetch abm acpi adx aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon art 
avx avx2 bmi1 bmi2 bts clflush clflushopt cmov constant_tsc cpuid 
cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts ept ept_ad erms est f16c 
flexpriority flush_l1d fma fpu fsgsbase fxsr hle ht hwp hwp_act_window 
hwp_epp hwp_notify ibpb ibrs ida intel_pt invpcid invpcid_single lahf_lm lm 
mca mce md_clear mmx monitor movbe mpx msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae pat 
pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pdpe1gb pebs pge pln pni popcnt pse pse36 pti pts 
rdrand rdseed rdtscp rep_good rtm sdbg sep smap smep smx ss ssbd sse sse2 
sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc tsc_adjust 
tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi vpid x2apic xgetbv1 xsave xsavec xsaveopt 
xsaves xtopology xtpr 
Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled 
Type: l1tf 
mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable 
Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable 
Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI 
Type: spec_store_bypass 
mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp 
Type: spectre_v1 
mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional, 
IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling 
Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode 
Type: tsx_async_abort mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable 
Device-1: NVIDIA GM206 [GeForce GTX 960] vendor: Gigabyte driver: nvidia 
v: 470.63.01 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm bus-ID: 01:00.0 
chip-ID: 10de:1401 class-ID: 0300 
Display: server: 1.20.13 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: loaded: nvidia 
tty: 224x45 
Message: Advanced graphics data unavailable in console for root. 
Device-1: Intel 200 Series PCH HD Audio vendor: Gigabyte 
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:a2f0 
class-ID: 0403 
Device-2: NVIDIA GM206 High Definition Audio vendor: Gigabyte 
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:0fba 
class-ID: 0403 
Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.10.61-1-MANJARO running: yes 
Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no 
Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes 
Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.34 running: yes 
Device-1: Intel Ethernet I219-V vendor: Gigabyte driver: e1000e v: kernel 
port: f000 bus-ID: 00:1f.6 chip-ID: 8086:15b8 class-ID: 0200 
IF: enp0s31f6 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global 
broadcast: <filter> 
IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link 
WAN IP: <filter> 
Message: No bluetooth data found. 
Message: No logical block device data found. 
Message: No RAID data found. 
Local Storage: total: 8.53 TiB used: 2.79 TiB (32.7%) 
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Samsung model: SSD 960 EVO 250GB 
size: 232.89 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s 
lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 3B7QCXE7 temp: 33.9 C scheme: GPT 
SMART: yes health: PASSED on: 132d 0h cycles: 1,546 
read-units: 37,709,688 [19.3 TB] written-units: 24,756,559 [12.6 TB] 
ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Seagate model: ST5000VX0011-1T317X 
family: Surveillance size: 4.55 TiB block-size: physical: 4096 B 
logical: 512 B sata: 3.1 speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 7200 
serial: <filter> rev: VN02 temp: 39 C scheme: GPT 
SMART: yes state: enabled health: PASSED on: 306d 4h cycles: 927 
read: 52.9 TiB written: 12.98 TiB Pre-Fail: attribute: Spin_Retry_Count 
value: 100 worst: 100 threshold: 97 
ID-3: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Seagate model: ST4000DM000-1F2168 
family: Desktop HDD.15 size: 3.64 TiB block-size: physical: 4096 B 
logical: 512 B sata: 3.1 speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: HDD rpm: 5900 
serial: <filter> rev: CC54 temp: 34 C scheme: GPT 
SMART: yes state: enabled health: PASSED on: 2y 217d 11h cycles: 1859 
read: 55.84 TiB written: 36.78 TiB Old-Age: UDMA CRC errors: 13567 
alert: Bad cable/connection? Pre-Fail: end-to-end: 99 threshold: 99 
alert: FAILING_NOW attribute: Spin_Retry_Count value: 100 worst: 100 
threshold: 97 
ID-4: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 type: USB vendor: Kingston 
model: DataTraveler 3.0 size: 115.48 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B 
logical: 512 B type: N/A serial: <filter> rev: PMAP scheme: GPT 
SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure? 
Message: No optical or floppy data found. 
ID-1: / raw-size: 224.58 GiB size: 220.06 GiB (97.99%) 
used: 107.73 GiB (49.0%) fs: ext4 block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
maj-min: 259:2 label: N/A uuid: 9a26c8d0-43f4-44ad-a7d3-861d6f6cdbfa
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 500 MiB size: 499 MiB (99.80%)
used: 312 KiB (0.1%) fs: vfat block-size: 512 B dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3
maj-min: 259:3 label: N/A uuid: D563-DAB7
ID-3: /mnt/5TB raw-size: 4.55 TiB size: 4.51 TiB (99.19%)
used: 2.68 TiB (59.5%) fs: ext4 block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/sda1
maj-min: 8:1 label: 5TB uuid: 953836d8-e355-4c6d-ac1a-0914b8414f50
Kernel: swappiness: 10 (default 60) cache-pressure: 75 (default 100)
ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 7.81 GiB used: 1024 KiB (0.0%)
priority: -2 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1 label: N/A
uuid: 1b3f894f-5481-4241-ace5-c129a0cdb412
ID-1: /dev/sdb1 maj-min: 8:17 size: 3.64 TiB fs: ext4 label: 4TB
uuid: c47c5a52-db30-4aef-bcbc-af35b7b021fd
ID-2: /dev/sdc1 maj-min: 8:33 size: 250 MiB fs: vfat label: N/A
uuid: C919-82DD
ID-3: /dev/sdc2 maj-min: 8:34 size: 1024 KiB fs: N/A label: N/A uuid: N/A
ID-4: /dev/sdc3 maj-min: 8:35 size: 115.23 GiB fs: ext4 label: N/A
uuid: b15f1956-3fab-484b-adfb-8b9a32e58e5d
Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 16 rev: 2.0
speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900
Device-1: 1-3:2 info: Corsair CORSAIR K68 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
type: Keyboard,HID driver: usbfs interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s
power: 500mA chip-ID: 1b1c:1b4f class-ID: 0300 serial: <filter>
Device-2: 1-7:3 info: ROCCAT Kone EMP type: Mouse,Keyboard
driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s
power: 500mA chip-ID: 1e7d:2e24 class-ID: 0300
Hub-2: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 10 rev: 3.0 speed: 5 Gb/s
chip-ID: 1d6b:0003 class-ID: 0900
Device-1: 2-1:2 info: Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3/G4/SE9 G2/50
type: Mass Storage driver: usb-storage interfaces: 1 rev: 3.0 speed: 5 Gb/s
power: 504mA chip-ID: 0951:1666 class-ID: 0806 serial: <filter>
System Temperatures: cpu: 27.8 C mobo: 16.8 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Processes: 369 Uptime: 7h 33m wakeups: 0 Init: systemd v: 248
tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.1.0 clang: 12.0.1 Packages: 1904 apt: 0
pacman: 1858 lib: 473 flatpak: 40 snap: 6 Shell: Zsh (sudo) v: 5.8
running-in: tty pts/2 inxi: 3.3.06

I really do hope I have given all necessary information, but if I didn’t please tell me what other information you need and I’ll gladly provide it.

The profile might be outdated or something else. I didn’t follow ALMA so much lately. lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf seems not been found.

That does make sense! Thank you!

I’ll give the ISO with etcher a go then.