[Stable Update] 2023-11-13 - Kernels, KDE Gear, LibreOffice, LXQt, Pipewire, Phosh, Firefox, Thunderbird

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Another stable branch update with some usual package updates for you.

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Notable Package Updates:

  • All Kernels got a refresh
  • October Linux Firmware updates
  • Pre-compiled extramodules based on zfs-dkms 2.2.0-2 got readded for 4.19 up to 6.6 regular Manjaro-Kernels
    • please report any issues with those if you have some.
    • as an alternative we recommend to use zfs-dkms directly, which now supports kernels up to 6.6 series
  • KDE Gear 23.08.3 got released
  • changes in JDK / JRE 21 packages
    • see Known Issues below for more info
  • LibreOffice 7.5.8
  • last Qt5 based LXQt release got added 1.4.0
  • Pipewire 0.3.84
  • Phosh 0.33.0
  • Firefox 119.0.1 and Thunderbird 115.4.2
  • Usual KDE-git, Haskell and Python updates

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Info about AUR packages

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Our current supported kernels

  • linux419 4.19.297
  • linux54 5.4.259
  • linux510 5.10.199
  • linux515 5.15.137 5.15.138
  • linux61 6.1.60 6.1.62
  • linux65 6.5.9
  • linux66 6.6.0 6.6.1
  • linux61-rt 6.1.59_rt16
  • linux65-rt 6.5.2_rt8

Package Changes (Mon Oct 30 14:50:11 CET 2023)

  • stable core x86_64: 50 new and 48 removed package(s)
  • stable extra x86_64: 2213 new and 2175 removed package(s)
  • stable kde-unstable x86_64: 297 new and 295 removed package(s)
  • stable multilib x86_64: 14 new and 14 removed package(s)

A list of all differences you may find 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 RTFT (Read This Fine Thread) first before reporting the same issues over and over again!

:arrow_right: 2023-11-13

Changes in JDK / JRE 21 packages may require manual intervention

2023-11-02 - Frederik Schwan

We are introducing a change in JDK/JRE packages of our distro. This is triggered from the way a JRE is build in modern versions of Java (>9). We are introducing this change in Java 21.

To sum it up instead of having JDK and JRE packages coexist in the same system we will be making them conflict. The JDK variant package includes the runtime environment to execute Java applications so if one needs compilation and runtime of Java they need only the JDK package in the future. If, on the other hand, they need just runtime of Java then JRE (or jre-headless) will work.

This will (potentially) require a manual user action during upgrade:

  • if you have both JDK and JRE installed you can manually install the JDK
    with pacman -Sy jdk-openjdk and this removes the JRE related packages.
  • If you have both JRE and JRE-headless you will need to choose one of them and install it manually since they would conflict each other now.
  • If you only have one of the JDK/JRE/JRE-headless pacman should resolve dependencies normally and no action is needed.

At the moment this is only valid for the upcoming JDK 21 release.

[arch-announce] Incoming changes in JDK / JRE 21 packages may require manual intervention

2023-11-06

Powerdevil fails in KDE Plasma

In KDE Plasma, Powerdevil fails and energy settings (Power save v Normal v Performance) are unavailable. See:
Powerdevil fails, Energy settings unavailable

Restarting gnome-shell using Alt+F2 and entering R, causes a crash

FS#79884 : [gnome-shell] Restarting gnome-shell using Alt+F2 and entering R, causes a crash

GNOME Extensions that target older GNOME versions will not work in GNOME 45

It is recommended to remove all third-party extensions before updating, then install the compatible versions after updating and rebooting. All Most extensions in the Manjaro repos are already updated.

kpeoplevcard update requires manual intervention

A “newer” version of kpeoplevcard accidently existed, so to install the current version, either update with sudo pacman -Syu kpeoplevcard or sudo pacman -Syuu.

2023-10-09

glibc-locales update requires manual intervention

If you had the old glibc-locales package from the extra repo installed, the update to the new core package will need manual intervention:

 sudo pacman -Syu glibc-locales --overwrite /usr/lib/locale/\*/\*

2023-10-04

Changes to default password hashing algorithm and umask settings

2023-09-22 - David Runge

With shadow >= 4.14.0, Arch Linux’s default password hashing algorithm changed from SHA512 to yescrypt [1].

Furthermore, the umask [2] settings are now configured in /etc/login.defs instead of /etc/profile.

This should not require any manual intervention.

Reasons for Yescrypt

The password-based key derivation function (KDF) and password hashing scheme yescrypt has been chosen due to its adoption (readily available in libxcrypt, which is used by pam [3]) and its stronger resilience towards password cracking attempts over SHA512.

Although the winner of the Password Hashing Competition [4] has been argon2, this even more resilient algorithm is not yet available in libxcrypt [5][6].

Configuring yescrypt

The YESCRYPT_COST_FACTOR setting in /etc/login.defs is currently without effect, until pam implements reading its value [7]. If a YESCRYPT_COST_FACTOR higher (or lower) than the default (5) is needed, it can be set using the rounds option of the pam_unix [8] module (i.e. in /etc/pam.d/system-auth).

General list of changes

  • yescrypt is used as default password hashing algorithm, instead of SHA512
  • pam honors the chosen ENCRYPT_METHOD in /etc/login.defs and does not override the chosen method anymore
  • changes in the filesystem (>= 2023.09.18) and pambase (>= 20230918) packages ensure, that umask is set centrally in /etc/login.defs instead of /etc/profile

[1] yescrypt - scalable KDF and password hashing scheme

[2] umask(1p) — Arch manual pages

[3] PAM - ArchWiki

[4] https://www.password-hashing.net/

[5] https://github.com/besser82/libxcrypt/pull/113

[6] Add support for Argon2 by maandree · Pull Request #150 · besser82/libxcrypt · GitHub

[7] pam_unix: Support reading YESCRYPT_COST_FACTOR from /etc/login.defs · Issue #607 · linux-pam/linux-pam · GitHub

[8] pam_unix(8) — Arch manual pages

Arch Linux - News: Changes to default password hashing algorithm and umask settings

2023-09-18

filesystem and bashrc-manjaro pacnews

With the filesystem 2023.09.03-1 and bashrc-manjaro 5.1.016-3 updates there may be pacnews for the following files if you have local modifications:

  • /etc/shells
  • /etc/bash.bashrc

This would be a good time to test @Ste74’s new manjaro-pacnew-checker program. See Check and manage pacnew files for more info.

updates for linux515-r8168 and linux61-6168 drivers fail to load r8168 driver

See this post for how to revert to using r8168 driver or install r8168-dkms driver from AUR
Problem with 6.5 kernel and-r8168 module

R8168 driver not loaded on kernel 6.5 after testing update 2023-09-22

All 3 versions of network-r8168 drivers are working again following [Testing Update] 2023-09-27

  • linux65-r8168 8.051.02-7
  • linux61-r8168 8.051.02-5
  • linux515-r8168 8.051.02-4

2023-09-10

LLVM 16 update may break 3rd party MESA drivers

Mesa drivers are affected when there is no matching LLVM version they are complied on. If you use a 3rd party repo like mesanonfree you may want to install llvm15-libs until those get recompiled. See for releases: Releases · mesa-freeworld/mesa-nonfree · GitHub

2023-08-11

Avoid black screen on Ryzen 7 / ThreadRipper / RX7xxx - perhaps others as well

You may be able to avoid black screen if you - prior to rebooting after the update - sync the latest stable kernel - currently - linux64 or linux65 - any of those solves the issue.

sudo mhwd-kernel -i linux65
budgie-desktop >= 10.7.2-6 update requires manual intervention

When upgrading from budgie-desktop 10.7.2-5 to 10.7.2-6, the package mutter43 must be replaced with magpie-wm, which currently depends on mutter. As mutter43 conflicts with mutter, manual intervention is required to complete the upgrade.

First remove mutter43, then immediately perform the upgrade. Do not relog or reboot between these steps.

pacman -Rdd mutter43
pacman -Syu
Manjaro-hello does not start after update

Known issue: "Manjaro Hello" does not start after Update

rm -f ~/.config/autostart/manjaro-hello.desktop
Multiple sink outputs shown in KDE audio controls

Known issue: Bluetooth headset showing multiple entries in KDE after update

2023-07-17

A bug in KDE Frameworks can delete targets of symlinks.

More info here.

Steam cashes on startup with lib32-libgudev installed

The latest lib32-libgudev update does not cooperate with the version of the same package provided by steam, and steam seems to attempt making calls to both leading to the crash.

Details: bug report, arch task, arch forum thread.

  • Workaround #1 (causes steam to avoid making any calls to lib32-libgudev by using a different library altogether)

    • sudo pacman -S lib32-libnm
  • Workaround #2 (forces steam and any other application to always use the new lib32-libgudev)

    • sudo pacman -S lib32-libudev0-shim
  • Workaround #3 (use steam-native-runtime, which doesn’t have the issue)

    • sudo pacman -S steam-native-runtime

2023-07-10

libpamac 11.5.5-1 breaks update function

We are currently working on fixing a reported security vulnerability which gave you root access via pamac-daemon. During that process we broke the update functionality. Hence use sudo pacman -Syu to update to the latest libpamac release (11.5.7-2)

The community repository has been merged into extra and is now empty

The Arch git migration is now complete .

The [community] repository has been merged into [extra] and is now empty.
It may take a bit of time for mirrors to catch up (more details here).

Update your system and handle the pacman

sudo pacman -Syu "pacman>=6.0.2-11"

In order to remove the defunct [community] repo changes must be made to /etc/pacman.conf.
Changes will be provided in a file with the extension .pacnew.
Pacman provides the utility pacdiff to manage these files and will use vim -d for comparison if the environment variable DIFFPROG is not set.

pacdiff -s

If you would like to use a different comparison tool you may prepend the env var:

DIFFPROG=meld pacdiff -s

Then sync with the repositories again:

sudo pacman -Syu

And you can also remove the now unused repository.

sudo pacman -Sc

NOTE: Be aware that this last command will also remove all packages in the pacman cache that are not currently installed: in other words, backup copies of packages that you have uninstalled at some point will no longer be stored on your hard drive.

In most cases, this probably will not cause headaches. To prevent even minor aches and pains, see the Arch Wiki for information on cleaning the cache

Steam fails to launch

A while ago the Steam Runtime developer maintaining the library detection/promotion “greatly encouraged” that the Steam package would (opt)depends on lib32-libnm and friends. The bugs have been opened since alas

In the absence of an updated steam package with updated dependencies,
A workaround is to install lib32-libnm

sudo pacman -Syu lib32-libnm

Steam will not launch - #12 by cscs
FS#79006 : [lib32-libgudev] Recent Update broke steam
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/9805#issuecomment-1626486059

OpenBLAS >= 0.3.23-2 update requires manual intervention

2023-06-14 - Felix Yan

The openblas package prior to version 0.3.23-2 doesn’t ship optimized LAPACK routine and CBLAS/LAPACKE interfaces for compatibility. This decision has been reverted now, and the ability to choose a different default system BLAS/LAPACK implementation while keeping openblas installed is now provided to allow future co-installation of BLIS, ATLAS, etc.

The default BLAS implementation will be used for most packages like NumPy or R. Please install blas-openblas and blas64-openblas to make OpenBLAS the default BLAS implementation, just like the old behavior.

Unfortunately you will get errors on updating if you currently have OpenBLAS installed as the default BLAS implementation:

error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies)
:: installing openblas (0.3.23-2) breaks dependency 'blas' required by cblas
:: installing openblas (0.3.23-2) breaks dependency 'blas' required by lapack

Please append your preferred default BLAS implementation to the regular -Syu command line to get around it. For example:

sudo pacman -Syu blas-openblas

or

sudo pacman -Syu blas

Arch Linux - News: OpenBLAS >= 0.3.23-2 update requires manual intervention

TeX Live package reorganization

2023-06-18 - Antonio Rojas

Starting from version 2023.66594-9, TeX Live packages have been reorganized to mirror upstream collections. Even though the new texlive-basic replaces the old texlive-core, many of the texlive-core contents (including language specific files) are now split between different packages. To find out which Arch package contains a specific CTAN package, you can use the tlmgr utility, eg.

$ tlmgr info euler | grep collection
collection:  collection-latexrecommended

which means the euler CTAN package is contained in texlive-latexrecommended. You may also use pacman -F to query for specific files.

A new metapackage texlive-meta is available to install all subpackages (except for language specific ones), and the new texlive-doc package provides the full documentation for offline use.

Arch Linux - News: TeX Live package reorganization

Pamac GUI theme does not match system theme

pamac-gtk 11.0.1 uses Gtk 4 that is not supported on Xfce or Cinnamon
user can replace pamac-gtk with pamac-gtk3

sudo pacman -S pamac-gtk3
Black screen after login with SDDM 0.20

Check ~/.profile for any commands that don’t execute properly (but return non-zero exit code instead). May include ~/.bash_profile and .zprofile too. Downgrading to SDDM 0.19 also restores desktop after login.

The issue has been reported upstream.

2023-06-04

DKMS is currently broken as our kernels got compiled against an older gcc

Since the last stable update provided an older toolchain our kernels and binaries got compiled against GCC 12.2.0-1. A similar issue was already posted at Arch years ago: [SOLVED] Kernel 5.5.2 is built with the wrong version of gcc / [testing] Repo Forum / Arch Linux Forums. Therefore users of DKMS have to wait for kernel updates compiled against the new toolchain or downgrade to the older one.

Update (2023-06-05): We pushed a rebuild of all regular kernels against the new toolchain to all branches. Real-Time Kernels we still have to check.

Many applications (firefox, thunderbird, telegram, etc) slow to start on desktops other than Gnome

There is a bug with xdg-desktop-portal-gnome (more details here).

Workaround for gtk-based desktops (including Xfce)
sudo pacman -Rdd xdg-desktop-portal-gnome
sudo pacman -S xdg-desktop-portal-gtk
Workaround for KDE
sudo pacman -Rdd xdg-desktop-portal-gnome
sudo pacman -S xdg-desktop-portal-kde
Workaround for Lxqt
sudo pacman -Rdd xdg-desktop-portal-gnome
sudo pacman -S xdg-desktop-portal-lxqt
Workaround for desktops using hyprland
sudo pacman -Rdd xdg-desktop-portal-gnome
sudo pacman -S xdg-desktop-portal-hyprland
Workaround for desktops using wlroots
sudo pacman -Rdd xdg-desktop-portal-gnome
sudo pacman -S xdg-desktop-portal-wlr

If you have a lot of pip/AUR packages to upgrade to Python 3.11, read this.

If you installed python311 from the AUR, you need to uninstall it before running this update.

Previous stable update threads:

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getting the following error:

Error: unresolvable package conflicts detected
Error: Failed to prepare transaction:
conflicting dependencies:

  • jdk-openjdk and jre-openjdk are in conflict
    both are installed.

fixed by reinstalling jdk-openjdk: yay -S jdk-openjdk

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Very specific problem but I don’t know where else to ask for this, but did something break with Wine-staging at all in the repos?

One issue I ran into revolves around the Flashpoint project.

If I update to Wine-Staging 8.18, then for some reason, it no longer allows for loading browser games using their project via Basilisk/FPNavigator, it just hangs with this error
“wine: Unhandled page fault on read access to 00007FFEFFFFFFFF at address 00006FFFFFF791A0 (thread 0058), starting debugger…” as before though after that."

Updating to Wine 8.19 did not fix that at all either, but if I downgrade to Wine-Staging 8.15.2, then it works fine, me and Maoijoon spent an hour troubleshooting that and narrowed it down to this. Even trying fresh installs of Flashpoint, since that uses it’s own prefix. Basilisk opens like normal on double clicking through normal Wine Staging too, but something about the update just doesn’t work with how the scripts interface with it for some reason.

They mentioned that it didn’t happen on their end using the same Wine Staging versions, so I don’t know if something went wrong here or not.

EDIT: Tested this on an EndeavourOS laptop I have and didn’t run into this issue either. So it’s something on Manjaros end specifically.

After this update, it said that the package python-backcall is not a package in AUR, I don’t know whether there is anything wrong or not.

The java solution posted above did not help me → conflicts

This worked here:

pacman -R -dd jre-openjdk
pacman -R -dd jre-openjdk-headless
pacman -Syu jdk-openjdk
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Is there a reason to keep both

powerdevil 5.27.9-1 -> 5.27.9-2
ddcutil 1.4.1-1 -> 2.0.0-1

in the update cycle?

Reducing it to the lower version would keep the update more flawless to most users I think (at least those w/o a battery)!

So better stay with:

powerdevil 5.27.9-1
ddcutil 1.4.1-1

Which exact version you had tested there? If you switch to testing you might have 8.20 of Wine to test too. Else you might want to use tools to install wine per application to have more control on wine versions. Packages

To the best that I can tell, this is fine. The package ipython used to require python-backcall, but this dependency was removed. Since ipython was the only package that required it, python-backcall was removed from the Manjaro and upstream Arch repositories, and can likely be removed from your system.

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Thanks DHGE your solution has resolved my conflicts :+1:

Thank you - this solution helped me, too.

I have the same problem with fmd (free manga downloader). With Wine version 5.15.2 everything works fine, but with version 5.18 it gives the error “Could not connect to the Internet”.
And it’s strange because the ping from cmd and winebrowser work correctly.

I tried version 5.19 with manjaro-downgrade and I have the same problem as 5.18
For now I downgraded to version 5.15.

I tried both wine and wine-staging with the same result.

Thanks DHGE, this did work.

Went smoothly after i removed both. Update, then reinstall one.

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error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies)
:: removing jre-openjdk breaks dependency ‘jre21-openjdk=21.u35-3’ required by jdk-openjdk
This is apparently a bug in pacman. The dependency does not exist in the new version. But as long as this bug exists, it would be better to first make a release that removes the dependency and later another one that adds the conflict, at least when the change is not urgent.

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Thanx :slightly_smiling_face:

For pamac users:

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Had to do the manual install of jdk-openjdk before rather than as part of the upgrade.

Slight oddity afterwards. Following the sudo pacman -Syu I then ran sudo mhwd-kernel -i linux66 to install the 6.6 kernel (I generally avoid the .0 releases of kernels). What was odd was that sudo had forgotten that I had used sudo before and gave me the usual screed:

$ sudo mhwd-kernel -i linux66

We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System
Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

    #1) Respect the privacy of others.
    #2) Think before you type.
    #3) With great power comes great responsibility.

For security reasons, the password you type will not be visible.

[sudo] password for 

Just a quick heads-up

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I have the following packages installed:

jdk-openjdk
jre-openjdk
jre-openjdk-headless
jre11-openjdk-headless

What I need to do from here?

A user above suggested this:

pacman -R -dd jre-openjdk
pacman -R -dd jre-openjdk-headless
pacman -Syu jdk-openjdk

Other suggestion was:

pacman -Sy jdk-openjdk
pacman -Syu

Is this right or I should do something different?

pacman commands would need sudo for root privileges

alternative pamac commands in post #17 don’t need sudo