[Stable-Staging Update] 2021-01-17 - Kernels, XFCE, Plasma, PulseAudio, Pipewire, Mesa, Firefox, Thunderbird, KDE Apps

Hello community,

Another stable-staging review update. Please help out to make the next stable-update as solid as possible!

Take a look at the latest KDE development! #stayhome, #staysafe, #stayhealthy

  • Most of our Kernels got an update
  • XFCE got its major 4.16 release
  • Plasma got updated to 5.20.5
  • KDE Apps is at 20.12.1
  • Mesa got updated to 20.3.3
  • More updates to Gnome, KODI-Addons, Gstreamer and KDE-dev
  • KDE Frameworks 5.78 got released
  • Thunderbird is now at 78.6.1
  • Nvidia started a new long-term series with 460xx
  • A new Quarterly Release of AMDVLK
  • Pamac got another point-release
  • Some of our Themes got updated
  • Deepin got further updated packages
  • Firefox got updated to 84.0.1
  • Mass-Rebuild against ICU
  • Qt4 got removed
  • A lot of Haskell and Python rebuilds
  • Other regular upstream updates

If you like following latest Plasma development you may also like to check out our current version of manjaro-kde-dev, which we build on a regular basis against kde-git master packages. Also check out our latest Manjaro Ornara 21.0 preview release! KDE, XFCE and Gnome

Our current supported kernels

  • linux44 4.4.251
  • linux49 4.9.251
  • linux414 4.14.215
  • linux419 4.19.167
  • linux54 5.4.89
  • linux59 5.9.16 [EOL]
  • linux510 5.10.7
  • linux511 5.11-rc3
  • linux54-rt 5.4.84_rt47
  • linux59-rt 5.9.1_rt19

Packages Changes (Sun Jan 17 10:45:58 CET 2021)

  • stable-staging community x86_64: 1730 new and 1678 removed package(s)
  • stable-staging core x86_64: 43 new and 44 removed package(s)
  • stable-staging extra x86_64: 906 new and 903 removed package(s)
  • stable-staging multilib x86_64: 35 new and 35 removed package(s)

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

  • 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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Known issues and solutions

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Nvidia card owners

  • We simplified nVidia driver installation. This means we dropped legacy drivers.
    • We recommend to switch over to Nouveau drivers if your card is mentioned here and the feature you need is not in red TO DO here for your particular card.

    • If you however still need proprietary drivers, you may want to execute the following to ensure all parts of the nVidia drivers get installed properly:

      sudo mhwd -a pci nonfree 0300
      If proprietary drivers don't fix everything, please click the ► at the beginning of this line to view more info
      1. try installing kernel 5.4 LTS (Long Term Support)
      2. If that doesn’t fix it, take a full system backup, go to a console using Ctrl+Alt+F2 and:
      • Backup /etc/X11/mhwd.d/nvidia.conf if you ever edited that manually

      • remove all nVidia related drivers and applications:

        pacman --remove nvidia*
      • Note which applications are being removed and keep them handy in a list

      • Install the driver first:

        mhwd --install video-hybrid-XXX-nvidia-prime

        (Where XXX is amd or intel if you have hybrid graphics or the whole thing is video-nvidia if you’re on an nVidia-only system)

      • reboot and see if you at least get a screen.

      • Install all the other applications from your handy list that you still need one by one.

      • Restore /etc/X11/mhwd.d/nvidia.conf if you ever edited that manually

      • If that wouldn’t solve the issue open a new issue here referring to this update and posting at a minimum the full output of:

        inxi --admin --verbosity=7 --filter --no-host --width

      If you however still have issues with your Nvidia card, you may open a new thread in our forum: https://forum.manjaro.org/c/support/Graphic-Cards/33 or look at our tutorial on compiling old Nvidia drivers.

For AMD GPU users having a black screen with kernel 5.10

Please click the ► at the beginning of this line to view more info

Due to a bug in the AMD drivers, please try the following first:


  1. Open a terminal or a TTY
  2. Open /etc/default/grub in your favourite CLI editor (nano vi, emacs`)
  3. Find the line: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="
  4. Add amdgpu.dc=0
  5. Save
  6. Execute sudo update-grub and reboot

For systemd-boot:

  1. Open a terminal or a TTY
  2. Open /boot/loader/entries/manjarolinux5.10.conf in your favourite CLI editor (nano vi, emacs`)
  3. Add amdgpu.dc=0 to the end of the line options
  4. Save & reboot

For rEFInd:

  1. Open a terminal or a TTY
  2. Open /boot/refind_linux.conf in your favourite CLI editor (nano vi, emacs`)
  3. Find the line: "Boot using default options" "root=
  4. Add amdgpu.dc=0
  5. Save & reboot

Possible 2 Min delay on shutdown with Gnome

Please click the ► at the beginning of this line to view more info
  • If you got the problem with shutdown delay (about 2min) on Gnome, here is a workaround:
    • Edit /usr/lib/systemd/user/gnome-session-restart-dbus.service in your favourite editor as root and add Slice=-.slice as a line all by itself like this:

      ExecStart=/usr/lib/gnome-session-ctl --restart-dbus
    • Click this link For more information

Touchpad on a ThinkPad stops working

  • Restart again, please.

You get [PKGNAME] warning: directory permissions differ on [Directory name]

followed by:

Filesystem: NNN package MMM

Please click the ► at the beginning of this line to view this solution
  • The solution:

    sudo chmod MMM DirectoryName

Where obviously MMM is the second number you see (the correct one)

  • The explanation:
    Your package expects the security permissions to be MMM but your system is set to NNN. This is just a warning (today) but to ensure you remain up-to-date with the latest and greatest security rules it’s advised to execute the above command.

Systemd error message: .slice: Failed to migrate controller cgroups

If you have a similar error message like this:

systemd[1004]: -.slice: Failed to migrate controller cgroups from /user.slice/user-1000.slice/user@1000.service, ignoring: Permission denied

… you may need to add this Grub parameter to your /etc/default/grub file in line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT: systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=true. To update your grub menu, call: sudo update-grub. For more information on that issue, see also Arch Forum.

Older Issues

Python 3.9 Requires Rebuilds

Instructions for quickly and easily rebuilding affected AUR packages:

# Install yay
sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm yay

# Rebuild AUR python packages
yay -S --noconfirm $(pacman -Qqo "/usr/lib/python3.8/site-packages")

libtraceevent>=5.9-1 update requires manual intervention

2020-10-23 - Sébastien Luttringer

The libtraceevent package prior to version 5.9-1 was missing a soname link. This has been fixed in 5.9-1, so the upgrade will need to overwrite the untracked files created by ldconfig. If you get any of these errors

libtraceevent: /usr/lib/libtraceevent.so.1 exists in filesystem

when updating, use

pacman -Syu --overwrite /usr/lib/libtraceevent.so.1

to perform the upgrade.


OpenVPN connection times out.

Workaround: donwgrade openvpn (2.5.0-1 => 2.4.9-2).
For a proper solution follow this bug report on Arch Linux: FS#68480 : [openvpn] running unprivileged with iproute no longer working

PAM and PAMBASE got updated, which might prevent you from login

Due to updates from pambase and pam you might take care about any .pacnew files in /etc/pam.d as for example pam_tally, pam_tally2 and pam_cracklib got deprecated. Read in the ArchWiki about managing those files.

Typical issue:

For recovery, it is enough to boot with kernel option “systemd.unit=rescue.target”, then proceed into /etc/pam.d and merge “system-auth” and “system-auth.pacnew”

System takes a long time to boot

If you’ve got errors like Failed to start Network Manager Wait Online. you can try removing systemd from passwd and group in /etc/nsswitch.conf as described here
Update: If you can see the line
dbus-daemon[1453]: [system] Connection has not authenticated soon enough, closing it (auth_timeout=30000ms, elapsed: 45146ms)
in in your dbus log ( journalctl -b -u dbus ), the new/better workaround is to switch cups from service to socket as described here:
systemctl disable cups.service
systemctl enable cups.socket

I think I’ve some font problems

With the update of fontconfig some major rules how fonts get applied changed. Make sure that your system has ttf-dejavu installed. A more in depth explanation can be found here.

Gnome-shell-extension-pop-shell is currently incompatible with wayland

… and causes the system to freeze when the first window is tiled and can render it unbootable. Solution is a hard reset and disabling either pop shell or wayland. If the system becomes unbootable, use a live USB to edit /etc/gdm/custom.conf to disable wayland and reboot.

Update went fine on my laptop with kernel 5.10 XFCE.
Thanks to the Manjaro-Team!

Please release a stable channel iso with 5.10 kernel

No issues on Intel machine with XFCE, everything went smooth :slightly_smiling_face:

One thing I’ve spotted after update is, some items like terminal emulator, file manager disappeared from favourites in whisker menu, and I’ve needed to change icon size in status tray because battery icon was huge :smiley: All in all it’s not a big issue.

Thank You :green_heart:

FYI: there is a 5.10.8 kernel upgrade: Linux 5.10.8

Btrfs users definitely will want this one.


Only thing to report is

   [ALPM] warning: directory permissions differ on /root/
    filesystem: 750  package: 755

during branch switch and update.

Thanks for the update :slight_smile: :+1:

$ man pacman-mirrors
-B, -S, --set-branch BRANCH
              Permanent change branch, using stable, testing or unstable.

the topic’s branch is absent,
and it is present in the pacman-mirrors -h output.

$ pacman -Qi pacman-mirrors 
Name            : pacman-mirrors
Version         : 4.19.1-1
Description     : Manjaro Linux mirror list for use by pacman
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Probably fixed in newest updates (unstable branch): [Unstable Update] 2021-01-17 - Kernels, Powerline-Go, Mutter, Python - #5 by pheiduck

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The new 5.10.7-3 kernel was the first time I was able to boot with 5.10; every other time I got a “Failed to load Light Display Manager” error.

stable-staging is shown in the error (after i typed without - ), but yeah it could be added into the wiki too perhaps.
I guess this branch doesnt get much use unlike the others