[Stable-Staging Update] 2021-02-06 - Kernels, Gnome 40-Alpha, KDE Apps 20.12.2, Systemd, Mesa, LibreOffice

Hello community,

Another stable-staging branch update with some usual updates for you. Since most of our team is focusing on ARM architecture and the pinephone, updates to Manjaro x64 might be more delayed for February. However we managed to squeeze this one in.

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  • Most of the Kernels go updated
  • A lot of effort went into Gnome 40
  • Some Deepin packages got updated
  • Firefox and Thunderbird got renewed: FF 85.0.1, TB 78.7.0
  • Systemd is now at 247.3
  • Nvidia driver got updated to 460.39
  • ZFS is now updated to 2.0.2
  • A new point-release of KDE-Apps 20.12 landed in our repos
  • AMDVLK is now at 2021.Q1.2
  • LibreOffice got renewed to 7.0.4 and 7.1.0
  • Mesa is now at 20.3.4
  • Most of LibRetro got renewed
  • Another bug-fix release of Gstreamer
  • Virtualbox is now at 6.1.18
  • Other regular upstream updates including python and haskell

Get our latest daily developer images now from Github: Plasma, Gnome, XFCE

Our current supported kernels

  • linux44 4.4.255
  • linux49 4.9.255
  • linux414 4.14.219
  • linux419 4.19.173
  • linux54 5.4.95
  • linux59 5.9.16 [EOL]
  • linux510 5.10.13
  • linux511 5.11-rc6
  • linux54-rt 5.4.93_rt51
  • linux59-rt 5.9.1_rt19

Packages Changes (Sat Feb 6 10:58:24 CET 2021)

  • stable-staging community x86_64: 1692 new and 1612 removed package(s)
  • stable-staging core x86_64: 51 new and 52 removed package(s)
  • stable-staging extra x86_64: 1019 new and 1105 removed package(s)
  • stable-staging multilib x86_64: 43 new and 43 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.

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Smooth update on XFCE (intel machine).
Only one thing bothers me, the pipewire was automatically installed because it’s dependency of pulseeffects now, from what I’ve found. I’m pretty much newbie, but should it rather be optional? It’s another layer of audio controlling, and it’s pretty new as well.
However, audio is working fine, so no big deal :slight_smile:

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

Just want a Manjaro gnome minimal stable iso with Linux 5.10 kernel…don’t want 2 use architect.

BoxIt memo

User philip created a snapshot of branch ‘testing’ to ‘stable-staging’.

  • stable-staging community x86_64: 2 new and 2 removed package(s)
  • stable-staging extra x86_64: 1 new and 1 removed package(s)

:: Different overlay package(s) in repository community x86_64

                             PACKAGE       stable-staging              testing
                               brave            1.19.84-1            1.19.92-1
                          brave-beta            1.20.78-1            1.21.44-1

:: Different overlay package(s) in repository extra x86_64

                             PACKAGE       stable-staging              testing
               linux510-nvidia-390xx           390.138-15           390.141-15
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A post was merged into an existing topic: Update requests for packages imported from Arch Linux

It is logical that it installs PipeWire, if it is required for PulseEffects to work.

Having PipeWire installed doesn’t really do anything, unless you enable it to replace PulseAudio.

On the other hand, if you look why PulseEffects now requires PipeWire, you’ll see that PulseEffects is now working WITH PipeWire so…

…so install PulseEffects Legacy instead, to have the old PulseEffects that works with PulseAudio.

I learned a bit past few days about how PulseEffects will be developed and PipeWire in general, but thanks for your reply :slight_smile: