[Stable Update] 2020-11-18 - Kernels, Plasma5, Frameworks, Thunderbird, Firefox, Mesa

Hello community,

Another stable branch update with some usual updates for you!

Soon to be a thing: AMD Ryzen Mini-PC by Beelink … #stayhome, #staysafe, #stayhealthy

  • Most of our Kernels got renewed. 5.8 is now marked EOL
  • Linux-latest now pulls 5.9 instead of 5.8
  • KDE Plasma5 is now at 5.20.3
  • KDE Frameworks got updated to 5.76.0
  • Firefox got updated to 83.0
  • Thunderbird is now at 78.4.3
  • Mesa is now at 20.2.2
  • OnlyOffice got updated to 6.0.1
  • Deepin got new package updates
  • Another beta and stable release of Firefox
  • LxQT 0.16.0 got released
  • Wine is at 5.21
  • AMDVLK is now at 2020.Q4.4
  • Usual Python and Haskell package updates and rebuilds

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 Nibia 20.2 release candidate! KDE, XFCE and Gnome

Our current supported kernels

  • linux44 4.4.243
  • linux49 4.9.243
  • linux414 4.14.206
  • linux419 4.19.157
  • linux54 5.4.77
  • linux57 5.7.19 [EOL]
  • linux58 5.8.18 [EOL]
  • linux59 5.9.8
  • linux510 5.10-rc4
  • linux54-rt 5.4.77_rt43
  • linux59-rt 5.9.1_rt19

Packages Changes (Wed Nov 18 06:56:34 CET 2020)

  • stable community x86_64: 1587 new and 1572 removed package(s)
  • stable core x86_64: 37 new and 37 removed package(s)
  • stable extra x86_64: 877 new and 909 removed package(s)
  • stable multilib x86_64: 29 new and 30 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

For TL3s and up: This is a wiki post; please edit as necessary.
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nvidia-450xx-utils and nvidia-440xx-utils are in conflict

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  • If you get the following error message:

    resolving dependencies...
    looking for conflicting packages...
    :: nvidia-450xx-utils and nvidia-440xx-utils are in conflict (nvidia-libgl). Remove nvidia-440xx-utils? [y/N] y
    error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies)
    :: unable to satisfy dependency 'nvidia-440xx-utils=440.100' required by linux54-nvidia-440xx
    :: removing nvidia-440xx-utils breaks dependency 'nvidia-440xx-utils=440.100' required by linux58-nvidia-440xx

Warning: do not reboot until this procedure tells you to starting from the next step!

  • Please note the exact nVidia driver you have running by executing:

    mhwd --listinstalled
  • Please note the kernel(s) you’ve got installed and remove anything 440-related, including CUDA by executing:

    pamac remove nvidia-440xx-utils linuxZZ-nvidia-440xx cuda nvtop

    where ZZ is/are the kernel version(s) you’re running.

  • Repeat for all the kernel versions you have

    How do I know which kernel versions I have?
    • execute ls /boot/linux*
    • any nulber after linux before the - (minus sign) are the kernel(s) you have installed
  • If you would have any other old nVidia drivers that you don’t need any more because your card is supported by the 450 series get rid of them as well.

  • now install the same family of 450 driver you had for the 440 driver, by executing:

    mhwd --install pci Your450Family

    where Your450Family is obviously one of video-hybrid-amd-nvidia-440xx-prime OR video-nvidia-440xx that you noted above

  • And finally:

    sudo reboot

If this would not have solved your issue, please open a new issue here and state that you followed this procedure already.

Warning: directory permissions differ on /var/lib/dhcpcd/

followed by:

filesystem: 700 package: 755

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  • The solution:

    sudo chmod 755 /var/lib/dhcpcd/
  • The explanation:
    The DHCP Daemon expects the security permissions to be 755 but your system is set to 700. 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.

virtualbox NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)

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  • The solution:
  1. You need to add your user back into the virtualbox user group

    sudo usermod --append --groups vboxusers $USER

    (Change $USER to the correct user name if not for yourself)

  2. Upgrade the VirtualBox extension pack to the latest version by executing:

    pamac build virtualbox-ext-oracle

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

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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”

Bad font rendering after freetype2 upgrade

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There were some changes in the freetype2 version 2.10.3 which enable subpixel rendering.
This might look ugly without enabling lcdfilter at the same time.

You can create a symlink in /etc/fonts/conf.d/ to enable “lcddefault” as filter.

sudo ln -s /etc/fonts/conf.avail/11-lcdfilter-default.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d/

Older Issues

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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 org.cups.cupsd.service
systemctl enable org.cups.cupsd.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.


Still user-manager is version git. Causes part of kde frameworks is git - 5.77 version.

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Any idea of when the 20.2 RC 2 is uploaded? the links are dead now

Its uploading now

Great work; everything works fine (kernel 5.9.8, gnome, qemu …). Thanx!

After the reboot I unintentionally had kernel 5.8 active, before the update it was intentionally kernel 5.4 LTS. Then I installed kernel 5.9 because 5.8 is EoL, but 5.9 didn’t activate itself after the reboot as manual work again. What is wrong?

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Hi Im using CoreCtrl to slow down amd gpu fan spin but after update it doesnt start anymore. Im using stable kernel 5.4.77, but tested with 5.8 and 5.9.8 same issue

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It might need a rebuild. Can you open a terminal and try to start it from there?

Small correction: Actually it’s version 78.4.3. My account status doesn’t allow me to quote links or provide the correct link to the release notes.

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Just updated to the latest version. I noticed my audio devices are disabling after boot. It doesn’t happen instantly, but gradually a few minutes after boot.

My main audio device is a Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2nd Gen, which gets detected and works, but stops working after a while.


I get these logs the moment the audio device disconnects:

|18-11-2020 12:44|kernel|xhci_hcd 0000:0a:00.3: xHCI host not responding to stop endpoint command.|
|18-11-2020 12:44|kernel|xhci_hcd 0000:0a:00.3: USBSTS: EINT|
|18-11-2020 12:44|kernel|xhci_hcd 0000:0a:00.3: Host halt failed, -110|
|18-11-2020 12:44|kernel|xhci_hcd 0000:0a:00.3: xHCI host controller not responding, assume dead|
|18-11-2020 12:44|kernel|xhci_hcd 0000:0a:00.3: HC died; cleaning up|
|18-11-2020 12:44|kernel|usb 5-1: USB disconnect, device number 4|
|18-11-2020 12:44|kernel|usb 5-2: USB disconnect, device number 3|

Update: I connected the audio interface to a USB 2.0 port. The device was previously connected to a USB 3.0 port.

I still think this difference shouldn’t be an issue, because it worked fine before. Did something change related to audio in this update?


I made the update on three computers:

  1. 1 * KDE: update went fine
  2. 2 * XFCE: update went fine



corectrl: error while loading shared libraries: libbotan-2.so.16: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Seems like there is a rebuild of corectl needed. @schinfo will check that and might provide the needed fix.

got this message in pacman log

    `OpenVPN now uses a netlink interface for network configuration. The systemd
[2020-11-18T11:39:18+0100] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET]    units start the process with a dedicated unprivileged user 'openvpn', with
[2020-11-18T11:39:18+0100] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET]    extra capabilities(7). The configuration should no longer drop privileges,
[2020-11-18T11:39:18+0100] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET]    so remove 'user' and 'group' directives.
[2020-11-18T11:39:18+0100] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET]    Scripts that require elevated privileges may need a workaround.`

user-manager has been worked into plasma-desktop, so it’s no longer present in the repo. user-manager-git would be suggested, because it “provides” user-manager.

To clarify. You don’t need User Manager. It’s provided by the main Plasma packages now.

KDE 5.20, NVIDIA 455.x, Kernel 5.4 here - the upgrade causes me to be stuck on boot due to a regression in the sddm display manager. Appears to be a race condition, the NVMe drive might be too fast!

Downgrading to sddm 0.18.1 lets me boot to the graphical desktop.

Edit: Fixed with sddm 0.19.0-2.2 - auto login had something to do with it


Try if sddm-0.19.0-2.1 fixes your issue.

Check if corectrl 1.1.1-4 fixes the issue for you.

Im unable to find this version only 1.1.1-3 from official repo the latest. I was able to rebuild it from aur 1.1.1-2 and that fixed it