[Testing Update] 2021-05-03 - Kernels, Mesa, Nvidia 465.27, VirtualBox, LxQt 0.17, Deepin, Gnome Apps 40.1

Hello community,

Another testing branch update with some usual updates for you.

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  • Most of our Kernels got updated. Note: 5.9 kernel series got removed
  • LxQt 0.17.0 gives you some nice enhancements
  • Most Gnome packages got updated to 40.1. Note: we still ship 3.38 shell
  • Nvidia driver is at 465.27
  • VirtualBox got updated to 6.1.22
  • More Deepin updates
  • Other regular upstream updates including python and haskell

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 4.4.268
  • linux49 4.9.268
  • linux414 4.14.232
  • linux419 4.19.189
  • linux54 5.4.116
  • linux510 5.10.34
  • linux511 5.11.18
  • linux512 5.12.1
  • linux54-rt 5.4.106_rt54
  • linux59-rt 5.9.1_rt19

Packages Changes (Mon May 3 08:29:29 CEST 2021)

  • testing community x86_64: 646 new and 632 removed package(s)
  • testing core x86_64: 26 new and 28 removed package(s)
  • testing extra x86_64: 273 new and 296 removed package(s)
  • testing kde-unstable x86_64: 207 new and 207 removed package(s)
  • testing multilib x86_64: 14 new and 14 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

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New 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.

Recent Arch Linux news:

PHP 8.0 and PHP 7 legacy packages are available

PHP 8.0 and PHP 7 legacy packages are available

2021-01-28 - Pierre Schmitz

The php package has been updated to version 8.0. Please refer to the upstream migration guide. As some applications are not compatible with PHP 8 yet we provide a php7 package which can be installed alongside version 8. Packages that depend on PHP reflect this update and will require php7 if needed. You might need to update your configuration accordingly. PHP 7 binaries and configuration have the “7” suffix:

  • /usr/bin/php → /usr/bin/php7
  • /etc/php → /etc/php7
  • /usr/bin/php-fpm → /usr/bin/php-fpm7
  • /usr/lib/systemd/system/php-fpm.service → /usr/lib/systemd/system/php-fpm7.service
  • /run/php-fpm → /run/php-fpm7

We also provide third party modules compiled for PHP 7:

Note that support for php7 will be limited and likely be dropped in about a year depending on how soon the majority of applications will be compatible with version 8.


Chromium losing Sync support in early March

Chromium losing Sync support in early March

2021-02-03 - Evangelos Foutras

Google has announced that they are going to block everything but Chrome from accessing certain Google features (like Chrome sync) starting on March 15. This decision by Google is going to affect Arch’s chromium package a bit earlier, on March 2, when Chromium 89 gets released.

We know for sure that data syncing will stop working (passwords, bookmarks, etc.). Other features such as geolocation or enhanced spell check might continue to function for a bit longer. Extensions integrating with Google Drive might misbehave and LibreOffice will lose access to documents stored there.

Other distros such as openSUSE and Fedora have already removed the soon-to-be-limited API keys from their Chromium 88 packages. Fedora’s advisory provides a great deal of perspective on this and I also found this Hackaday post to be quite informative.


Older Issues

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: https://forum.manjaro.org/c/support/Graphic-Cards/33 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.


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.


I noticed the following warning message during the mkinitcpio stage

==> Starting build: 5.11.18-1-MANJARO
→ Running build hook: [base]
→ Running build hook: [udev]
→ Running build hook: [keyboard]
→ Running build hook: [autodetect]
→ Running build hook: [modconf]
→ Running build hook: [block]
→ Running build hook: [keymap]
→ Running build hook: [encrypt]
==> WARNING: Possibly missing firmware for module: qat_4xxx
→ Running build hook: [filesystems]
→ Running build hook: [fsck]

edit: I see this was reported on the forum under several other update threads in April

Nice! back to Nvidia 465!


looking for conflicting packages...
error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies)
:: installing nvidia-utils (465.27-1) breaks dependency 'nvidia-utils=460.73.01' required by linux59-nvidia

Tried kernel 5.12 once more, same problem. So, I will continue with kernel 5.11 for a while.
Otherwise, all went well.

Kernel 5.9 is EOL for months now, it doesn’t exist anymore now. Did you ever think about removing it? Install kernel 5.10, remove kernel 5.9, update the system. Read the announcement the supported kernels are listed, and EOL kernels too, when you see a kernel is EOL remove it.

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I’m using 5.10 and 5.12 only, not problems so far. I have an Nvidia card 1650 :frowning: But have not issues after do a fresh install around a week ago.

Tried kernel 5.12 for a bit, there were some UI glitches in the XFCE4 Status Tray plugin and Firefox, so I switched back to 5.11.

Update went fine. Again on Nvidia 465 drivers, optimus-manager switching is working as usual. No complaints.

Sure, didn’t notice it is 5.9, I’ve been using 5.11 for multiple days, I just uninstalled linux5.9, and Manjaro updates without problem, thanks,

Spyder does not start anymore because one of its dependencies is too new:

$ spyder 
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python3.9/site-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py", line 568, in _build_master
  File "/usr/lib/python3.9/site-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py", line 886, in require
    needed = self.resolve(parse_requirements(requirements))
  File "/usr/lib/python3.9/site-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py", line 777, in resolve
    raise VersionConflict(dist, req).with_context(dependent_req)
pkg_resources.ContextualVersionConflict: (decorator 5.0.7 (/usr/lib/python3.9/site-packages), Requirement.parse('decorator<5'), {'spyder-kernels'})

Not sure if it is related to this or to a previous update…

As a workaround one can install an older version in the local user repository:

pip install --user decorator==4.4.2
WARNING: Keyring is skipped due to an exception: Failed to unlock the keyring!
Collecting decorator==4.4.2
  Downloading decorator-4.4.2-py2.py3-none-any.whl (9.2 kB)
Installing collected packages: decorator
Successfully installed decorator-4.4.2

There’s an open Arch bug report about it: FS#70689 - [python-spyder-kernels] spyder crashs at startup

Kernel 5.12 fails to load basic drivers Zenpower, i87 and vboxhost drivers not running in kernel 5.12 when installing kernel from Manjaro Tool

[Edit] We have found that installing headers first solves this problem, therefore there is something wrong with the kernel upgrade tool

can i still use kernel 5.9? it is the last kernel, that shows all sensors of my zen CPU and i want to see the power consumption of it

That version is eol and removed from the repo. (No bug/security fixes anymore) → you should switch (ultimately it’s up to you of course, it’s your sys)

This might be interesting for you:



31 posts were split to a new topic: Pamac’s new look

nvidia drivers v465.27 are still broken.
I am hitting again a NULL pointer dereference, exactly as reported here:

The lines are:

Apr 27 10:30:49 Dsipter kernel: BUG: kernel NULL pointer dereference, address: 0000000000000170
Apr 27 10:30:49 Dsipter kernel: #PF: supervisor read access in kernel mode
Apr 27 10:30:49 Dsipter kernel: #PF: error_code(0x0000) - not-present page

@philm : your decision whether to roll back to 460.73 or not, but please avoid at any cost that v465 lands to stable.

Did you mean 465?