[Stable Update] 2021-08-27 - Kernels, Cutefish, NetworkManager, Gnome, Pamac, Mesa, Browsers, Xorg-Server, LibreOffice

Hello community,

Another stable branch update with some usual updates for you.

Get the latest install medias of Pahvo from here.

  • Some of our Kernels got updated. Note that 5.12 series is now marked EOL.
  • Cutefish is now at 0.4. You can download an ISO to test it out.
  • Firefox got updated to 91.0.2
  • NetworkManager is now at 1.32.10
  • LibreOffice got two new releases: 7.1.5 and 7.2.0
  • Mesa is now at 21.2.1
  • More Gnome 40.4 updates
  • Some KDE-git and Python updates
  • Other regular upstream updates

Get our latest daily developer images now from Github: Plasma, Gnome, XFCE. You get the latest stable releases of Manjaro from CDN77.

Our current supported kernels

  • linux44 4.4.281
  • linux49 4.9.280
  • linux414 4.14.244
  • linux419 4.19.204
  • linux54 5.4.142
  • linux510 5.10.60
  • linux512 5.12.19 [EOL]
  • linux513 5.13.12
  • linux514 5.14-rc6
  • linux510-rt 5.10.52_rt47

Package Updates (Wed Aug 25 13:54:07 CEST 2021)

  • stable community x86_64: 523 new and 514 removed package(s)
  • stable core x86_64: 27 new and 27 removed package(s)
  • stable extra x86_64: 466 new and 568 removed package(s)
  • stable kde-unstable x86_64: 235 new and 235 removed package(s)
  • stable multilib x86_64: 22 new and 22 removed package(s)

A detailed list of 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

This is a wiki post; please edit as necessary.
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Please don’t post to say everything was great on my side but leave the space for people having issues, or even better: for people having solutions! :unicorn: :rainbow: :question:

New issues:

  • You might have issues to install this update by missing Maintainers keys. A possible solution might be:

    sudo rm -r /etc/pacman.d/gnupg
    sudo pacman-key --init
    sudo pacman-key --populate manjaro
    sudo pacman-key --populate archlinux
    sudo pacman -Syvv manjaro-keyring  # just to test for key-problems, as this would fail

    However, we recommend to remove the signatures of the failed packages in /var/cache/pacman/pkg/ and get the replaced ones from the Build-Server:

    sudo rm -v /var/cache/pacman/pkg/*.sig
    sudo pacman -Syvv
  • You might be blocked updating when using pacman due to some libcanberra packages. Simply remove those packages: sudo pacman -Rdd lib32-libcanberra-pulse lib32-libcanberra-gstreamer libcanberra-pulse libcanberra-gstreamer. We recommend to use pamac anyway, which does this automatically: pamac update

  • Compiz packages like compiz-easy-patch got dropped from our repositories. Due to protobuf update you may need to rebuild that package locally on your end. Compiz-easy-patch removed from repos

No audio after Pulseaudio v15 update

Try clearing the databases in your home folder of any old settings by executing:

rm ~/.config/pulse/*.tdb ~/.config/pulse/cookie

Reboot afterwards.

Nextcloud problem and workaround

After upgrading mariadb to 10.6.3-1 and executing

sudo systemctl restart mariadb.service && sudo mariadb-upgrade -u root -p

Nextcloud doesn’t work anymore showing several errors, all of them related to “InnoDB refuses to write tables with ROW_FORMAT=COMPRESSED or KEY_BLOCK_SIZE.

In /etc/my.cnf.d/server.cnf under section [mariadb] put:


Workaround found here: Arch Forum - [SOLVED] Issues on nextcloud 22.0.0 and mariadb 10.6

KDE logo in splash screen instead of Manjaro logo
  • Backup / remove the old ksplashrc file
  • mv ~/.config/ksplashrc ~/.config/ksplashrc.bak
  • Go to System Settings
  • Type in Splash
  • Click on Splash Screen
  • Select and Apply your desired splash screen
Telegram fails to open

Telegram fails with:

(telegram-desktop:6166): Telegram-WARNING **: 15:46:00.533: Application was built without embedded fonts, this may lead to font issues.
(telegram-desktop:6166): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 15:46:00.619: cannot register existing type 'GtkWidget'
(telegram-desktop:6166): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: 15:46:00.619: g_type_add_interface_static: assertion 'G_TYPE_IS_INSTANTIATABLE (instance_type)' failed
(telegram-desktop:6166): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: 15:46:00.619: cannot register existing type 'GtkBuildable'
(telegram-desktop:6166): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: 15:46:00.619: g_type_interface_add_prerequisite: assertion 'G_TYPE_IS_INTERFACE (interface_type)' failed
(telegram-desktop:6166): GLib-CRITICAL **: 15:46:00.619: g_once_init_leave: assertion 'result != 0' failed
(telegram-desktop:6166): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: 15:46:00.619: g_type_add_interface_static: assertion 'G_TYPE_IS_INSTANTIATABLE (instance_type)' failed
(telegram-desktop:6166): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: 15:46:00.619: g_type_register_static: assertion 'parent_type > 0' failed

Upgrade to at least version Version 2.8.11-2.0 as that should fix the bug by executing:

pamac upgrade
KDE krunner and Alt+F1 issues


  • krunner does not work, no popup when typing on empty desktop and Alt+F2 shows an empty transparent window within a subdued black frame.
  • application launcher doesn’t open with Alt+F1, and when opened with mouse, the entries in the menu don’t work (restart, shutdown etc.).


  • Reboot through sudo reboot
  • remove from ~/.config :
    • kglobalshortcutsrc
    • krunnerrc
    • plasma-org.kde.plasma.desktop-appletsrc
  • change global theme and login screen to Breeze and reboot
  • login on tty and rm -rf ~/.cache
  • login on graphical screen
  • change global theme and login screen to Breath2 and reboot
KDE Plasma theme uses low contrast colors, harder to read


  • You normally use a dark Plasma theme and notice that text on your Plasma menus, widgets, and tray are more difficult to read due to a lower contrast (light grey on dark grey).

  • This is due to the newly applied Breath2 2021 Dark Plasma theme.

  • breath2-2021-dark


  • Switch back to your previously used Breath2 Dark or Breath Dark theme to bring back higher-contrast text.

  • System SettingsAppearancePlasma Style

  • breath2-original-dark

Dolphin fails to open Konsole using context menu action

Install kinit package.

pamac install kinit

Older Issues

  • OS prober does not run and add other operating systems

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

    To restore, please execute: echo GRUB_DISABLE_OS_PROBER=false|sudo tee -a /etc/default/grub && sudo update-grub

    For more information, see opening post in [Stable Update] 2021-03-08.

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: Graphics & Display - Manjaro Linux Forum 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.

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.

Arch Linux - News: libtraceevent>=5.9-1 update requires manual intervention

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.

GDM does not start (black screen when booting gnome edition)

Log into your system via tty and depending on your use of Plymouth or bootsplash-systemd choose a option from this post


Thunderbird 91 update when?

Probably when Arch updates it. :slight_smile:


10 posts were split to a new topic: Why not auto-delete the kernel?

A post was split to a new topic: New Mesa driver after last update

One minor issue, a very little one.
I have xfce as DE, but after reboot, i ended with default xfce wallpapers (for each workspace) in /usr/share/backgrouds/xfce whereas my wallpapers are in my home partition, in another folder.
Not a big deal though.

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I have had this bluetooth problem for a long time, and it seemed solved until now. It looks as though bluez broke again.

I had issue with pamac-manager in KDE after update. It opened and immediately closed. Logs:

zsh: segmentation fault (core dumped) pamac-manager

I just reinstall pamac with this command:

sudo pacman -Sy pamac

pamac-gtk wasn’t installed.
pamac-manager I can’t reinstall because it doesn’t exist in pacman. I don’t why and how I can find it.

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Worked for me except for the first one. "no such directory’ I think it said.

Wallpaper went to xfce defaults for some reason.

After updating to the latest stable release my computer crashes after logging in (GDM). This is a hard crash and I am not able to open a virtual console (CTRL + ALT + F3). I also was experiencing the problem of Telegram not starting due to some missing library, but I installed it 3 days before this update.

I have found and resolved the problem:

Telegram is now working after the update.

After updating and rebooting I got the error message “Failed to start Light Display Manager.” Changing kernels allowed LightDM to run again. I was running 5.10.60-1 and changed to 5.4.142-1.

For me, at the end, it just reinstalled my old keyring, and no update. I also tried removing the libcanberra packages.

Edit: The update went smoothly on my other machine, so i decided to refresh my mirrors.
That got it going.

I was getting some keyring issues through pacman, then I used pamac for update and all went smooth.


After update LightDM started using very low resolution on greeter on a multi-head setup (original laptop screen 2160x1440 and external monitor 3840×2160). Multi-head support had never been great before on my setup with mixed resolutions, where the login box would be misplaced on the external monitor, but this just got worse by showing the login box at what looks like VGA resolution on both displays (very blurry and distorted image output). Only happens when external monitor is connected, else it uses correct resolution for laptop. After login all works well on my Manjaro XFCE setup, and correct resolutions are picked up. I ended up replacing gtk-greeter with mini-greeter (making the issue less noticeable).


Same issue on my laptop (Intel i5-8265U, UHD 620 Graphics, Driver OpenGL 4.6 Mesa, FHD Screen). No helpful log entries, just "lightdm.service: Failed with result ‘exit-code’. ", repeated several times.
But I was able to open a console screen (ALT-Ctrl-F2), and tried to get more information.
Started lightdm manually (as root)

lightdm --test-mode --debug

This gave some debug infos (but nothing pointed to a cause for the issue) - nevertheless lightdm started up and gave me a desktop “as usually”. After logging out from lightdm, I rebooted the laptop, and after that I was able to login normally. Lightdm seems to be working fine now - I just don’t know why it didn’t before… :thinking:

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I had the same issue and solved it for me:

pacman -S lightdm-gtk-greeter
systemctl enable lightdm

So for some reason my Pamac can’t find the updates, but instead tells me that my system is up-to-date. By checking the detailed list of updated packages from the opening post, I can tell, however, that this is not the case and that the packages are still from the previous stable update—the ones I picked for reference anyway.

Is there anything I can do here to nudge Pamac/Pacman to update or should I just wait for it to “wake up”?

sudo pacman-mirrors -f 5
pamac update