[Testing Update] 2019-02-10 - KDE Apps, Gambas, Qt5, VirtualBox, LibreOffice, Wine, Firefox



Hi community,

Welcome to our fifth testing update for 2019. Some might have noticed our new approach to only snap once to testing and then try to fix the given issues we still might have. So this one has more features as the last one. Due to FOSSDEM and other things we had to delay things. Please check if all is right with this one. So what do we have with this one?

  • VirtualBox 6.0.4 has some needed fixes
  • Firefox got its sixth beta release of v66 series
  • Wine is now at v4.1
  • the development UI Gambas got a new release
  • KDE Apps got needed fixes in 18.12.2
  • all the new features you may find in LibreOffice 6.2
  • with Qt 5.12.1 more than 300 issues got solved. Get more information about it from here
  • the usual Python and Haskell updates/rebuilds

We hope with all these changes Manjaro to be more efficient for you all.


Manjaro will take part on the Chemnitz Linux Days in March this year. You may want to visit our booth with the latest Manjaro hardware and Core Developers present to answer your questions. Feel free to bring your devices if you want to have Manjaro installed on them or problems fixed from our experts.

Partnership with FCS Linux Aarhus

We are happy to announce a new partnership with FCS Linux Aarhus owned by @fhdk. This enables us to offer you Laptops with Manjaro pre-installed and Manjaro Stickers you can use on your own hardware or gift them to a friend. For each sale FCS will donate a percentage to the Manjaro project.

Manjaro v18.0.2 released!

To end the year with a high note we updated our flagship ISOs of Manjaro Illyria with the latest packages. It comes with refreshed packages and updated tools. You may want to download our XFCE Edition with the latest 4.13 packages, aswell as our most recent styling efforts. Our KDE fans may try our KDE Edition with the latest KDE v5.14 instead. And our GNOME fans may try our Gnome Edition with the latest GNOME v3.30.

Current supported Kernels

  • linux316 3.16.62
  • linux318 3.18.134 [EOL]
  • linux44 4.4.167 [FZN]
  • linux49 4.9.155
  • linux414 4.14.98
  • linux419 4.19.20
  • linux420 4.20.7
  • linux414-rt 4.14.93_rt53
  • linux418-rt 4.18.16_rt9

Package Updates (Sun Feb 10 11:48:13 CET 2019)

Sync Packages

  • testing multilib x86_64: 21 new and 21 removed package(s)
  • testing core x86_64: 16 new and 16 removed package(s)
  • testing extra x86_64: 816 new and 811 removed package(s)
  • testing community x86_64: 896 new and 876 removed package(s)

Overlay Packages

  • testing multilib x86_64: 0 new and 5 removed package(s)
  • testing community x86_64: 7 new and 7 removed package(s)
  • testing extra x86_64: 21 new and 178 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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[Testing Update] 2019-02-14 - Kernels, Systemd, Browsers, Calamares, Firmware, Plasma5, KDE Framework

Known issues and solutions

This is a wiki post; please edit as necessary.
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“warning: systemd: local (240.275-1) is newer than core (239.6-4)” What do I do?

systemd packages has been downgraded again to an older version. Hence, as long as the version installed on your system will be on a higher version, you’ll receive a warning.

If you already have systemd 240.275 on your system and you have no problem with it, you can just ignore the warning and continue to use systemd 240.275. There’s no need to do any action.

If you are still interested to downgrade systemd to 239.6, you can do the downgrade with pamac upgrade --enable-downgrade or sudo pacman -Syyuu.

Need to merge configurations with pacdiff

This update brings some changes in system configuration files. Use sudo pacdiff to review and merge properly.

Notifications looking weird in XFCE

Since the package dunst includes now dunstfy in the main package notifications may not displayed properly in XFCE. Please uninstall that package to solve that issue. Normally not needed in that edition.

Items from previous update sets

I can’t open Nemo with elevated privileges (as root)

Workaround found: Use the dbus-x11 package instead of the regular dbus package. This package is available in the official repositories and provides dbus compiled without the --without-x option.

To replace dbus with dbus-x11 package, simply install dbus-x11 with your favorite package manager: dbus will be replaced by dbus-x11.

Pamac: “Failed to commit transaction - Transaction not prepared” at the end

So far, it has only been a false alarm: updates are applied successfully.

AMD-Ucode introduction

Unless you’ve already done this previously, All users of AMD-APUs/CPUs should install this update like this:

sudo pacman -Syyu
sudo pacman -S amd-ucode
sudo pacman -R intel-ucode
sudo update-grub

Step 3 is optional.

Rebuilding fontconfig cache: failed to write cache

Please ignore this message. Upstream already works on a solution. More about the issue here.

LibreOffice has no window decoration in KDE

New line export SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gtk3_kde5, once merged into existing /etc/profile.d/libreoffice-fresh.sh , fixes a moderately longterm issue. If it doesn’t work for you, you may use gtk instead of gtk3_kde5 as UI framework.

Installing glibc (2.28-4) breaks the dependency “glibc=2.27” required by lib32-glibc

Install the update either:

  • from terminal: sudo pacman -Syu or;
  • with Octopi instead of Pamac.

Something using Perl/Python/glibc broke

Rebuilds needed!

  • If it’s an AUR package, try to reinstall it from AUR. It most likely needs to be rebuilt.
  • If it’s a repo package, please report and check back regularly for updates.

I’ve lost a Thunderbird addon/feature

Thunderbird 60 disables incompatible addons by default. There’s an about:config switch should you want to force-enable the addon, but many addons simply will not work with the newer Quantum-based Thunderbird.

Read more about Thunderbird 60 here: Thunderbird 60

Firefox - WebGL not working anymore

You may try the following solution:

Open about:config and set security.sandbox.content.read_path_whitelist to /sys/.

libutf8proc>=2.1.1-3 update may require manual intervention

This should normally be automatically fixed via manjaro-system update.

The libutf8proc package prior to version 2.1.1-3 had an incorrect soname link. This has been fixed in 2.1.1-3, so the upgrade will need to overwrite the untracked soname link created by ldconfig. If you get an error

libutf8proc: /usr/lib/libutf8proc.so.2 exists in filesystem

when updating, use

pacman -Suy --overwrite usr/lib/libutf8proc.so.2

to perform the upgrade.

Pamac: “Invalid or corrupted package.”

If you receive an “Invalid or corrupted package.” error message with Pamac and if the details contains an output similar to the following:

Synchronizing package databases...
Starting full system upgrade...

Resolving dependencies...
Checking inter-conflicts...
Downloading manjaro-system-20180716-1-any.pkg.tar.xz...
Checking keyring...
Checking integrity...
Loading packages files...
Checking file conflicts...
Checking available disk space...
Upgrading manjaro-system (20180702-1 -> 20180716-1)...
==> Fix libutf8proc upgrade ...
resolving dependencies...
looking for conflicting packages...

Packages (1) libutf8proc-2.1.1-4

Total Download Size:   0.05 MiB
Total Installed Size:  0.32 MiB
Net Upgrade Size:      0.00 MiB

:: Proceed with installation? [Y/n] 
:: Retrieving packages...
downloading libutf8proc-2.1.1-4-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz...
checking keyring...
checking package integrity...
loading package files...
checking for file conflicts...
checking available disk space...
:: Processing package changes...
upgrading libutf8proc...
:: Running post-transaction hooks...
(1/1) Arming ConditionNeedsUpdate...
Running post-transaction hooks...
Arming ConditionNeedsUpdate...
Warning: lock file missing /var/lib/pacman/db.lck
Starting full system upgrade...
Resolving dependencies...
Checking inter-conflicts...
Error: could not open file /var/lib/pacman/local/libutf8proc-2.1.1-2/files: No such file or directory
Warning: could not fully load metadata for package libutf8proc-2.1.1-2

Failed to prepare transaction:
invalid or corrupted package

Try the following steps: close Pamac window first, then launch it again and start the update procedure again. It should continue from where it left off.

Issues with folder view widget in KDE v5.13

KDE introduced a new setting for icon sizes. Now you’re able to define also the size for your panel. If you have a high-DPI display, you may want to increase the value. This will fix the display issue with given widget.


Pulseaudio changes

With this update we have a /etc/pulse/default.pa.pacnew. It may be necessary to merge (some lines related to “GSettings” in /etc/pulse/default.pa ) if ‘default.pa’ has been customised.

File conflict engrampa.tap

thunar-archive-plugin: /usr/lib/xfce4/thunar-archive-plugin/engrampa.tap exists in filesystem (owned by engrampa-thunar-plugin)

thunar-archive-plugin has added native support for the Engrampa archive manager. engrampa-thunar-plugin is no longer needed. Remove engrampa-thunar-plugin to continue with the update.

python-pyqt5: /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/PyQt5/__pycache__/__init__.cpython-37.pyc existiert im Dateisystem



Probably worth noting the replacement of geoclue2 by geoclue for the Stable announcement.

libnm-gtk and lua52 were both orphaned for me by the update.

As usual Manjaro is fantastic. :heart_eyes: Kudos.


Yeah, here too:

conflicting files:
python-pyqt5: /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/PyQt5/__pycache__/__init__.cpython-37.pyc already exists in filesystem


Here too.

Following these instructions helps:

The file does not belong to any package. Renaming it is sufficient.


Renamed to old__init__.cpython-37.pyc Update, all ok.



@Linu74 @kdemeoz @mbod Seems some Arch users also have similar trouble recently.

For example: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=243795

Seems an --overwrite or deletion of conflicting files will be required for people who has python-pyqt5. Perhaps it should be automated? @philm

Is there more conflicting files than /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/PyQt5/__pycache__/__init__.cpython-37.pyc? If we are sure that it’s the only one (or there’s maybe a few more), a simple rm or mv (to rename the files) in manjaro-system could do the trick.


That looks like a packaging issue - either it should install pre-compiled/cache files as part of the package (better approach), or it should generate them in a post-install hook (worse approach).

It should also be resolvable through a pre-install hook (or script) in the updated package so users don’t have to manually delete or overwrite files.

Ah, yes, it was a change in the package to include the bytecode: https://git.archlinux.org/svntogit/packages.git/commit/trunk?h=packages/pyqt5&id=3c6bbbedf1fff6f670f60c139b6cdc08f98d7496

That explains why the files are present, though the files shouldn’t be present unless at some point you’ve run Python as root and it used the PyQt5 library.


Thank you. Per those links, after doing:

[kdemeoz@Manjaro_Testing_KDE_VM ~]$ pacman -Qo /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/PyQt5/__pycache__/__init__.cpython-
error: No package owns /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/PyQt5/__pycache__/__init__.cpython-37.pyc

[kdemeoz@Manjaro_Testing_KDE_VM ~]$ sudo mv /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/PyQt5/__pycache__/__init__.cpython-37.pyc /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/PyQt5/__pycache__/__init__.cpython-37.pyc_NFG
[sudo] password for kdemeoz: 
[kdemeoz@Manjaro_Testing_KDE_VM ~]$

…the upgrade ran fully to completion. Per @jonathon’s remark, it’d be nice not to have to do this in Stable [sheesh, can you just picture the indignant posts now already!!?] :grin:

Edit: Reboot successful, hence:

[kdemeoz@Manjaro_Testing_KDE_VM ~]$ sudo rm /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/PyQt5/__pycache__/__init__.cpython-37.pyc_NFG
[sudo] password for kdemeoz: 
[kdemeoz@Manjaro_Testing_KDE_VM ~]$


[2019-02-10 13:37] [ALPM] upgraded dovecot (2.3.4-3 ->

This update breaks dovecot. Thunderbird cannot connect anymore:

auth-worker(7822): Error: pam(username,::1,<rlz5y4mBZKcAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAB>): pam_authenticate() failed: Authentication failure (/etc/pam.d/dovecot missing?)

And, indeed,/etc/pam.d/dovecot was missing on my system. Created it with the following content and all is good:

auth    required        pam_unix.so nullok
account required        pam_unix.so

Solution found here: https://wiki.dovecot.org/PasswordDatabase/PAM


Unstable laptop is unable to launch from app menu, after applying this update to the testing laptop it can no longer launch from app menu either.

I think it may be a common plasmoid across both systems that is uncompatible with Qt5.12.1, no idea which one though.



Great, it is the System Tray widget, which generates this error after killing and restarting plasmashell.

libpng warning: Image height exceeds user limit in IHDR
libpng error: Invalid IHDR data
libpng warning: Image height exceeds user limit in IHDR
libpng error: Invalid IHDR data

Remove the System Tray widget, kill and restart plasmashell, and errors do not appear and launch from app menu works again.

Only problem is system tray is kind of mandatory in terms of system use.


Start with a brand new deskop by renaming ~/.config/plasma-org.kde.plasma.desktop-appletsrc, restarting plasmashell and issue persists. Remove system tray, restart plasmashell, issue gone.


Sorry to hear it. Fyi, identical to my reply to you in Unstable, post-reboot my Testing VM also continues to launch pgms from App Menu, edit individual launchers, & edit the menu per se.

EDIT re your 2nd Edit: Your testing sounds thorough, so the problem is real, hence i am puzzled; why so far is nobody else also experiencing this [or at least posting about it]? What might the critical differene be i wonder?


You forgot to mention Mesa 18.3.3 :wink:


And Chromium with VAAPI support :wink:


Update went fine, all works :slight_smile: .

However, libreoffice 6.2 has bugged global menus on Plasma, meaning, they are doubled and first menu is not active till LO window gets re-focused with other window with global menus, then it works fine, but that’s LO or Plasma minor issue (functionality isn’t disabled, just menu’s look is a bit too busy and messy in LO).

Other than that, no problems on a short glance.

Double menu bar in LibreOffice

I had the same issue on one machine, as other users with __init__.cpython-37.pyc, and deleting the file resolved the problem.
On 2 other machines there was no issues.
All with KDE edition.


The only issue was that python file related hiccup.
Also I noticed that geoclue conf file has a wrong link to Google geoclue API (if I am not mistaken). It has no entry for redshift, I had to add it.


Yes. Did the same procedure. Now everything works fine.


Had the same issue with the python file, beside that, no problems with the update so far.