[Testing Update] 2020-02-29 - Kernels, LibreOffice, Firefox-Dev, Pamac 9.4-rc, Haskell, Python

Hello community,

here is another Testing Update.

Tuxedo made Manjaro available in FAI for some models we support

Some feature-updates:

  • Kernels got updated
  • LibreOffice is now at 6.4.1
  • Firefox-Dev has a new developer version
  • Pamac 9.4 got some more fixes added its latest RC
  • A lot of python and haskell updates

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 current 19.0.1 ISOs and give us the needed feedback. You might also want to give our latest spin with NX-Desktop a try ...

As always we appreciate your input and feedback for the updates.

Upstream notice

Arch updated their default compression to zstd. We adopted to the same standard. More and more packages will have the zst extension from now on. If you get for what ever reason an error with ZSTD not supported as archive format you can do this:

wget https://pkgbuild.com/~eschwartz/repo/x86_64-extracted/pacman-static
chmod +x pacman-static
sudo ./pacman-static -Syyu

Our current supported kernels

  • linux316 3.16.82
  • linux44 4.4.215
  • linux49 4.9.215
  • linux414 4.14.172
  • linux419 4.19.107
  • linux54 5.4.23
  • linux55 5.5.7
  • linux56 5.6-rc3
  • linux419-rt 4.19.106_rt44
  • linux54-rt 5.4.22_rt13

Package Changes (Sat Feb 29 20:42:22 CET 2020)

  • testing community x86_64: 1003 new and 1002 removed package(s)
  • testing core x86_64: 16 new and 16 removed package(s)
  • testing extra x86_64: 268 new and 260 removed package(s)
  • testing multilib x86_64: 1 new and 1 removed package(s)

A detailed list of all package changes can be reviewed 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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khotkeys identified as an orphaned package

You can remove that package, but might loose some functionality with your key-bindings. We made it now optional to be installed.

Optical Disc Drives not recognised with Kernel 5.6rc3

use any older kernel branch for now, reported here by @theboomboomcars

Older issues

Weird font glitches (see screenshots below).

If you have weird glitches like below...



... have you tried turning it off and on again?

More seriously, so far, people that reported to have such issue noticed that the problem goes away at next boot.

Installing xorgproto (2019.2-2) breaks dependency of a package

If you run into an issue because of xorgproto please DON'T follow the Arch suggestion as Manjaro uses the xorgproto-transfer package to make this automatic. If you have an issue, please report and wait for an update from us!

AUR Rebuilds required after updating python 3.7 to 3.8

Packages that depend on python from the AUR will need to be rebuilt after everything else has been updated. You can rebuild some of them with the following:

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm expac yay
yay -S --rebuildtree $(pacman -Qmq $(expac %N python))

You can find other packages that need to be rebuilt by looking at the folders/files in


To find out what package owns a folder/file in that, you can use the following:

pacman -Qo folder_or_filename

If no package owns a file, it can probably be ignored.

System Settings and kinfocenter crash when entering Night Color settings randomly

Remove entire [NightColor] section of ~/.config/kwinrc
No solution yet ─ please edit as soon as a workaround is found.

xfce4-power-manager does not open / upower fails

Install kernel 4.14 or higher (4.14, 4.19, 5.2 [EOL], 5.3)

There is an issue with upower 0.99.11-1 on kernels 4.4 and 4.9.

xfce4-terminal / guake / gnome-terminal does not open

Update to vte3 0.58.2-1 or install kernel 4.14 or higher (4.14, 4.19, 5.2 [EOL], 5.3)

There is an issue with vte3 0.58.1-1 on kernels 4.4 and 4.9.

Replace linux52 with community/linux-latest ?

linux52 is EOL and has been removed from the repositories. It will be replaced by a metapackage which will from now on keep you on a maintained kernel.

If you want to keep the old kernel and modules then include them in your pacman.conf's IgnorePkg.

Pamac-Qt is not compatible to 9.0 API of Pamac

Pamac Qt 0.3 pre-RC: Towards the release, needs help in testing


the pkgver 19.10.1 ship with an hook to remove the capability from gnome-shell. A message is present during install but essentially you need to reboot the system to show correctly the icons in the desktop. More info here

I discovered a -discover discovery: :smiley:

pamac-cli-discover - 9.4.0rc-1
pamac-common-discover - 9.4.0rc-1
pamac-flatpak-plugin-discover - 9.4.0rc-1
pamac-gtk-discover - 9.4.0rc-1
pamac-snap-plugin-discover - 9.4.0rc-1
pamac-tray-appindicator-discover - 9.4.0rc-1

What's the difference between these and the regular Pamac packages? Perhaps for KDE, like discover? :thinking:

version for "only" server discover.manjaro.org


Oh, right. Duh. Thanks to you, I discovered the answer! :grin:



We currently have issues with the current master of pamac 9.4. That is why we need to have an older version.

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All good here, thanks for the Libreoffice update which is opening fine, kernel 4.14 boots okay and seems to work. Also, no issues with Timeshift as someone reported in last Testing Update thread. Maybe specific to their particular machine if they have added something funky from AUR.

After removing these orphans:

$ sudo pacman -Rsn $(pacman -Qqdt)
checking dependencies...

Packages (2) python-zipp-3.0.0-1  python-importlib-metadata-1.5.0-1

and re-booting, no immediate breakage.

yey, zfs now can be used with "low latency desktop" kernel option, since recent commit :stuck_out_tongue:

Brave browser 1.3.118 in testing? In stable branch it 1.4.95 already :thinking:

note it's libreoffice-fresh that got update, not -still

I'm writing in this recent post because I can't find the thread where libinput was updated.

@philm, libinput 1.15.0 was the last stable version. I'm not sure if you pushed 1.15.1 or 1.15.2 to stable? If not, please reconsider withholding it and stay with 1.15.0. Newer libinput versions breaks libinput-gestures. Probably when newer libevdev will be released, it will work correctly with newer libinput but currently only 1.15.0 seems to work OK.

Please, check:

This is going to happen from time to time.

Yep, well aware of that, I prefer running Fresh to Still and have done for as long as I can recall.

...okay, but i was talking to philm. it should be noted in the initial post.

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you'd hope people running testing would notice if libreoffice-still isn't offered any updates when the run the transaction anyway and read the full package list :wink:

The above error still shows up when booting kernel 5.5, but the good news is that systemd downgrading is not necessary if this machine is booted with kernel 5.4.

LiberOffice still at

That's because Still is installed. If you want 6.4.1 you'll need to remove Still and install LibreOffice-Fresh.

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pacman-mirrors-4.16.3-2 has a typo that prevents using it to change the branch to stable-staging:

$ sudo pacman-mirrors -aS stable-staging
Version 4.16.3
 pacman-mirrors [-h] [-f [NUMBER]] [-i [-d]] [-m METHOD] [--status]
		[-c COUNTRY [COUNTRY...] | [--geoip] | [--continent]]
		[-l] [-lc] [-q] [-t SECONDS] [-v] [-n]
		[--api] [-S/-B BRANCH] [-p PREFIX]
			[-P PROTO [PROTO...]] [-R] [-U URL]
pacman-mirrors: error: argument -S/-B/--set-branch: invalid choice: 'stable-staging' (choose from 'stable', 'stable-stating', 'testing', 'unstable')
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