[ARM Testing Update] 2023-10-21 - Kernels, PipeWire, KDE Gear & Frameworks, Thunderbird

Hello ARM community.

We updated kernels, KDE and other related goodies for you.

Update Announcement

Some highlights:

  • Most Kernels got updated
  • PipeWire is now at 1.0-rc3
  • KDE Gear got renewed to 23.08.2 and KDE Frameworks is at 5.111.0
  • More updates to Gnome 45.0
    • remember to check your extensions for compability
  • Thunderbird got updated to 115.3.3
  • The usual KDE-git updates which moved to Qt6

Tips And Tricks

Error about missing openssl 1.1 library

Since the update to the new OpenSSL 3.0, some applications might still be looking for version 1.1 og openssl.
Fortunately Arch Linux created a compatability package for such events called openssl-1.1.
So if you encounter any such errors, please install the above mentioned package.
Applications currently known to specifically look for 1.1 is silver. We have not been able to rebuild it yet. So if you are on our Gnome or Sway editions, please install openssl-1.1 as part of this update.

How to get Waydroid working

If you follow these steps, you should have Waydroid working fine.

Remember, Waydroid only works on wayland!

  • Install waydroid-image and all it’s dependencies.
  • Run pkexec setup-waydroid.
  • You should now be able to launch Waydroid. The first launch takes a while.
How to use Kodi RPI on Manjaro ARM

If anyone wants to test kodi on the rpi, install these packages:

sudo pacman -S kodi-rpi kodi-rpi-dev kodi-rpi-eventclients kodi-rpi-tools-texturepacker libcec-rpi linux-rpi4 xf86-video-fbdev

Have it set up is to boot straight in to kodi

This means the kodi.service file need to replace whatever login manager you have installled. In my case I would:

sudo systemctl disable lightdm.service
sudo systemctl enable kodi.service

They recommend removing custom configs in config.txt. We ran into an issue if a value was set with gpu_mem=.

My config.txt with a bit of overclocking:

#gpu_mem=64     #disable this
initramfs initramfs-linux.img followkernel

#enable sound

#enable vc4
#max_framebuffers=2    #disable cause kodi uses more

Some notes:

The default user will be kodi
kodi home directory will be /var/lib/kodi
So put test video in /var/lib/kodi/Videos so you can get to it
after setting up the video directory in kodi.

Upstream Notifications:

Older notifications

The PHP package has been updated to 8.2. If you still need 8.1, use php-legacy packages.
Arch Linux - News: PHP 8.2 update and introduction of legacy branch

If you used the Manjaro ARM Installer or is using PinePhone or PineTab, you need to redo your passwords, because of an update to libxcrypt:
Arch Linux - News: Sorting out old password hashes

The ghostpcl and ghostxps requires manual intervention (if you have these installed):
Arch Linux - News: ghostpcl>=9.53.2-2 and ghostxps>=9.53.2-2 updates require manual intervention

The nss package requires manual intervention:
Arch Linux - News: nss>=3.51.1-1 and lib32-nss>=3.51.1-1 updates require manual intervention

The packages hplip and firewalld requires manual intervention:
Arch Linux - News: hplip 3.20.3-2 update requires manual intervention
Arch Linux - News: firewalld>=0.8.1-2 update requires manual intervention

Package Changes (Sat Oct 21 15:39:44 CEST 2023)

  • arm-testing core aarch64: 29 new and 29 removed package(s)
  • arm-testing extra aarch64: 1148 new and 1138 removed package(s)
  • arm-testing kde-unstable aarch64: 268 new and 260 removed package(s)

A full list of all package changes can be found here.

Testers needed on arm-testing branch

We are in need of testers for our arm-testing and arm-unstable branches.
So if you are adventurous and want newer software quicker, we would love for you to help us test out the new packages in arm-testing branch.

All you have to do to switch to this branch is:

  • Run this command to switch branch: sudo pacman-mirrors -aS testing && sudo pacman -Syyu. This will generate a new mirrorlist for you, sync your databases with the new mirror and update your system using the arm-testing branch.

We would then love for you to give feedback in our update posts in Testing Updates. That way we can better find and fix bugs, before they hit arm-stable branch. Thank you!

  • No issue, everything went smoothly
  • Yes there was an issue. I was able to resolve it myself. (Please post your solution)
  • Yes i am currently experiencing an issue due to the update. (Please post about it)
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Check if your mirror has already synced:


Manjaro, like many other open-source projects, relies on the generosity of its community through donations and corporate sponsorships to support its growth and development. These donations are essential in covering the various expenses incurred in the operations of the project such as server costs, software development tools, infrastructure expenses, training, flying people to events or conferences and the salaries of key developers. With the help of these donations, Manjaro is able to secure the necessary financial stability that allows the project to continuously improve and remain active. If you love Manjaro, consider to donate!


Known Issues and Solutions

This is a wiki post, please edit it when you find a solution to an issue you encountered

:arrow_right: 2023-10-21

Phosh apps ignore dark theme
  • Problem: apps ignore dark theme preference
  • Workaround: downgrade xdg-desktop-portal-gtk from 1.15.0-1 to 1.14.1-1


Display doesn't load on PinePhone Pro running KDE Plasma
  • Problem: Failed to start Simple Desktop Display Manager
  • Workaround: (none known yet)


Pinephone Pro doesn't boot (fixed in latest update)
  • Problem: The Pinephone Pro will fail to boot after updating linux-pinephonepro 6.3.11-1 to 6.4.4-1
  • Workaround: Either wait for a non-broken kernel, or temporarily add linux-pinephonepro to the IgnorePkg line in /etc/pacman.conf to update the rest of the packages


Docker 23 not starting

Since the update to Docker 23, upstream is now inforcing new paths for apparmor related stuff. But there has been changes to dependencies yet. So Docker 23 will error on start.
Fix: Install apparmor from the repositories.


Ethernet and Wifi not working right on kernel 6.1.2+ on some devices

Some devices have been reported to not have properly working ethernet and wifi after the update to kernel 6.1.2 and above.
Fix: Kernel 6.1.5-2 and above should have working ethernet and wifi again.

Reduced video playback performance in mpv

There has been reports of video playback performance in mpv has regressed since an update to mpv.
Fix: MPV now needs a vd-lavc-dr=no parameter to play hw acceleration supported 1080p videos smoothly.

Touch input on Firefox with Phosh not working in Firefox 108

Since the update to Firefox 108, the touch input does not work. Seems to be an issue with a couple of the changes the mobile-config brings in.
Fix Fixed in version 4.0.0-1 of mobile-config-firefox released with Manjaro testing on April 14, 2023


OpenSSL 1.1 library not found

Some applications might still be looking for openssl 1.1.
Solution: Install openssl-1.1 package with sudo pacman -S openssl-1.1.


Firefox shows wrong colors when playing video on Raspberry Pi 4

Since Mesa 22.2, Firefox has been showing weird colors when playing video on the Raspberry Pi 4. This is caused by an issue in upstream mesa, which was recently fixed.
Fix: Update to mesa 22.2.3-0.1 in the repository, which includes this fix.

Chromium in Wayland crashes with --in-process-gpu

Since Mesa 22.2.0, Chromium running in wayland sessions seems to crash when running with the --in-process-gpu option. Running in X11 seems fine, although it’s slow.
Fix: Update to Mesa 22.3.2 was reported to work here.


Plasma Mobile Dialer seems to be unreliable

Plasma Dialer 22.09 seems to have issues switching audio profiles and as such might require manual switching. Sometimes audio is completely missing.

Reduced video performance on youtube

Some may encounter reduced video playback performance on YouTube in Firefox with the new Mesa 22.2 drivers.
No workaround at this time.

Old Issues

Phosh crashes when closing apps
An upstream issue results in the Phosh shell to crash when you close the app in the app switcher, with animations turned off.
Fix: Enable animations in Tweaks application

Mouse cursor is slow on Raspberry Pi
Due to a change in the Raspberry Pi kernels upstream, they no longer support FKMS. This can result in slow performance when using the FKMS drivers with the newer Raspberry Pi kernels.
Solution: Open /boot/config.txt, change fkms to kms in the dtoverlay line. Save the file and reboot.

[Waydroid container cannot access internet
Cause: new default waydroid configuration issue, tracked here.

Short-term Solution:

  1. create /etc/nftables.d/waydroid.nft with the following contents:
#!/usr/sbin/nft -f
table inet filter {
    chain input {
        iifname "waydroid0" accept comment "Allow incoming network traffic from WayDroid"
    chain forward {
        iifname "waydroid0" accept comment "Allow outgoing network traffic from WayDroid"
        ct state {established, related} counter accept comment "accept established connections"
  1. any time you launch waydroid, run the following after it has started:
echo "ip route add default via" |sudo waydroid shell

Issue on Pi4: /boot/cmdline.txt and /etc/fstab contained: LABEL=ROOT_MNJRO and LABEL=BOOT_MNJRO entries which seemed to prevent the kernel mounts of at least the root partition.

Kernel panic: unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)


  1. May be optional: Recover previous kernel using installed USB boot - mount SD card root=/ on /mnt and boot=/boot on /mnt/boot then install manjaro-tools-base and then:

    manjaro-chroot /mnt

    … then to avoid pacman errors:

    mv /boot/overlays /boot/overlays.old


    mkdir /boot/overlays


    cd /var/cache/pacman/pkg


    pacman -U linux-rpi4-mainline-6.5.5-1-aarch64.pkg.tar.zst linux-rpi4-mainline-headers-6.5.5-1-aarch64.pkg.tar.zst

    and reboot to SD card

  2. Required to upgrade kernel to 6.5.7-1-MANJARO-RPI4:
    Use command “blkid” to find your SD (boot) device PARTUUIDs (2 partitions - root and boot)
    Change LABEL to PARTUUID references for root and boot partitions:

    • /boot/cmdline.txt to (example):
      root=PARTUUID=example-your-PARTUUID-02 … (remaining boot arguments) …
    • /etc/fstab to (example):
    PARTUUID=example-your-PARTUUID-01  /boot   vfat    defaults,noexec,nodev,showexec        0       0
    PARTUUID=example-your-PARTUUID-02  /   ext4    defaults,noatime        0       1

    … (remaining entries) …

    … reboot and update if required … remove /boot/overlays.old if required …

Moderator edit: Added proper formatting

I get this error message on the Pinebook Pro at the beginning of the update:

error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies)
:: installing kitemmodels5 (5.111.0-1) breaks dependency 'kitemmodels' required by manjaro-settings-manager
:: installing kauth5 (5.111.0-1) breaks dependency 'kauth' required by manjaro-settings-manager
:: installing kcoreaddons5 (5.111.0-1) breaks dependency 'kcoreaddons' required by manjaro-settings-manager
:: installing kpty5 (5.111.0-1) breaks dependency 'kpty' required by okular
:: installing kactivities5 (5.111.0-1) breaks dependency 'kactivities' required by okular
:: installing threadweaver5 (5.111.0-1) breaks dependency 'threadweaver' required by okular
:: installing kparts5 (5.111.0-1) breaks dependency 'kparts' required by okular
:: installing knotifications5 (5.111.0-1) breaks dependency 'knotifications' required by pamac-tray-icon-plasma
:: installing plasma-framework5 (5.111.0-1) breaks dependency 'plasma-framework' required by sddm-breath-theme
 -> error installing repo packages

That has been outdated for at least 2 years. It should have been changed at that time to use root=PARTUUID=????????-02 .

Thanks Darksky,

I am only now aware that LABEL should not to be used … others may have encountered the same issue and may not be aware. Not sure why this is the case - might find some reference out there. I have several Manjaro Pi4 installations that have been maintained for up to 5 years hence the incorrect (historical) references. I note that one had root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 in /boot/cmdline.txt.

Perhaps a caveat should be announced or check/fix re. this issue?

I rebuilt the 2 manjaro-settings-manager packages and pushed to the unstable branch today. (I really do not like messing with other’s packages though) The okular package is an ARCH-ARM package but pamac-tray-icon-plasma and sddm-breath-theme looks like they belong to manjaro. I believe it would be best for @philm straighten out the rest of the manjaro files since looks like they will span 2 branches.

Some progress here but it still does not update.
These entries are left:

error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies)
:: installing knotifications5 (5.111.0-1) breaks dependency 'knotifications' required by pamac-tray-icon-plasma
:: installing plasma-framework5 (5.111.0-1) breaks dependency 'plasma-framework' required by sddm-breath-theme
 -> error installing repo packages

@Darksky you can check with @Yochanan on what he updated on x64 regarding KF5 renaming. Maybe he has a list.

@marcuse1w I have pushed package rebuilds to the testing / unstable branches. What you are looking for is these versions.

pamac-tray-icon-plasma 0.1.3-2
sddm-breath-theme 23.0.0-1
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Happy to report that the update now works. The versions are as mentioned.

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Another package to rebuild

erreur : la préparation de la transaction a échoué (la satisfaction des dépendances a échoué)
:: l’installation de pacman-mirrors (4.24.0-1) casse la dépendance « pacman-mirrorlist>=20160301 » requise par manjaro-tools-base
 -> error installing repo packages

Maybe your mirrors are not fully in sync?

I don’t think. After pacman-mirrors -g. yay Suyy… Same error since 24h.

I had to run through google translate. You have a really old pacman-mirrors install (20160301). I went through the upgrade with no issues and I do not have manjaro-tools-base installed. The version scheme is totally different also.

:: installing pacman-mirrors (4.24.0-1) breaks the dependency “pacman-mirrorlist>=20160301” required by manjaro-tools-base

Can you try to install manjaro-tools-base after pacman-mirrors 4.24.0-1 ?

I’m not quite sure what all manjaro-tools-base is. Sorta looks like the base-devel package I have installed from it’s description. But it looks like you will still will run into a conflict trying to install manjaro-tools-base back.

yay -Si manjaro-tools-base
Dépôt                    : extra
Nom                      : manjaro-tools-base
Version                  : 0.15.10-1
Description              : Development tools for Manjaro Linux (base tools)
Architecture             : aarch64
URL                      : https://gitlab.manjaro.org/tools/development-tools/manjaro-tools
Licences                 : GPL
Groupes                  : manjaro-tools
Fournit                  : --
Dépend de                : openssh  rsync  haveged  os-prober  gnupg  pacman-mirrorlist>=20160301
Dépendances opt.         : manjaro-tools-pkg: Manjaro Linux package tools

Useful in case of emergency after breaking the system, with the script manjaro-chroot.

Maybe some one else with knowledge of manjaro-tools-base will have some input. When ever I have done a chroot in the past I used arch-chroot.

If you are bent on having the package you could try installing like this and hope all the package needs is a mirrorlist to look for with what ever all the installed package does.

What I do not understand is pacman-mirrors provides pacman-mirrorlist.
I see now. manjaro-tools-base depends on a specific versioning and the version format has changed: pacman-mirrorlist>=20160301.

Looks like a manjaro-tools-base rebuild might fix it.


@tartanpion I built manjaro-tools-base but I could not find the PKGBUILD that built the one in our repo so I used the x86 version. It’s main package spits out several packages but none of the others are in our repo; just manjaro-tools-base. So I had to do some guessing. Can you install this package since you are used to using it anp put it through some tests before I push it to the repo. Let me know how it turns out.


51bdafc819bea82fc093df3cee9e2d16 manjaro-tools-base-0.15.11-1-aarch64.pkg.tar.zst


Perhaps unfortunately other packages to rebuild (pacman -Syyu):

error: failed to perform requested operation (failed to satisfy dependencies)
:: Unable to satisfy ‘kcmutils’ dependency required by manjaro-settings-manager-kcm
:: unable to satisfy ‘kconfigwidgets’ dependency required by manjaro-settings-manager-kcm

Thank you very much