[Testing Update] 2021-05-31 - Kernels, Gnome Shell 40.1, Perl, Cinnamon 5.0, Haskell, Tesseract, Cutefish

Hello community,

Another testing branch update with some usual updates for you.

Test Gnome 40.1 with our latest developers ISO

  • Most of our Kernels got updated
  • Gnome Shell and our Extensions got updated to 40.1
  • There was a perl rebuild by upstream Arch. Tell us if we missed some rebuilds!
  • Cutefish DE got added
  • Cinnamon going to get updated to 5.0.0
  • Kodi-Addons got updated
  • AMDVLK is now at 2021.Q2.4
  • Other regular upstream updates including python, tesseract 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 4.4.270
  • linux49 4.9.270
  • linux414 4.14.234
  • linux419 4.19.192
  • linux54 5.4.123
  • linux510 5.10.41
  • linux511 5.11.22
  • linux512 5.12.8
  • linux513 5.13-rc3
  • linux54-rt 5.4.115_rt57
  • linux59-rt 5.9.1_rt19
  • linux511-rt 5.11.4_rt11

Package Updates (Mon May 31 09:42:31 CEST 2021)

  • testing community x86_64: 1845 new and 1807 removed package(s)
  • testing core x86_64: 37 new and 37 removed package(s)
  • testing extra x86_64: 485 new and 552 removed package(s)
  • testing kde-unstable x86_64: 367 new and 363 removed package(s)
  • testing multilib x86_64: 26 new and 24 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:

  • 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

  • Some Nvidia cards don’t work with the current 465.31 drivers when used with Display Port and/or 4k Monitors. More about the issue at the Nvidia Developer Forum. We recommend to switch to Nouveau driver as needed. If you however need the Nvidia driver, you can get the PKGBUILDs of the 460.73.01 version and build your driver locally with makepkg or use the pre-compiled packages: nvida-utils, dkms and lib32 + precompiled .

  • 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.


This update went very smoothly - no problems encountered.
Thank you very much for the good work!
Especially good news for all nvidia driver 390 users: The driver also runs with the latest 5.13 kernel, no mess, no hassle.

Everything working fine so far. Intel+nvidia hybrid graphics with optimus-manager.
Was hoping to get polybar 3.5.6 in this update, as it fixes an issue regarding dropbox and system tray. Great work nonetheless!

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Polybar was maintained by @linux-aarhus for openbox. Have to see when we update it.

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All good on first glance on KDE/AMD here, thanks as always! :slight_smile:
And also thanks for including lib32-pipewire for steam-native!

Hm, i see. I’ll try to get the aur -git package to compile for the latest version while waiting for the repo version to update. Thx :slight_smile:

hello , can you add first linux511 is EOL ?

Sorry to disturb you but I was looking for a thread dealing with the new mirrors from CDN77 and it’s the newest that I found.
If I’m not wrong it’s supposed to provide a new global mirror which can be accessed from Manjaro Repository powered by CDN77.com , it’s a great idea for script and settings and performance also !
Unfortunately, if I’m not wrong, it is not refreshed since 62 hours (at the time of writing) .

Feel free to move this post to another location if needed…

Everything is okay after the update. I was waiting yesterday for it but it come today.

Just some notes after update and reboot:
Without do or change anything…
The default theme change from Matcha to Adwaita
After the login screen it shows the new horizontal Gnome and the search. I had to Esc key to get back to the main desktop.

I use the Manjaro traditional layout on Gnome. It is working great.

PC is Ryzen 3600, b550 rog gaming 32Gb RAM 3000, Ndivia MSI GPU 1650.
The Nvidia drivers are the Manjaro defaults that comes with the upgrade.
Kernels 510 and 512

Thanks to the team for your hard work. Great job!

Yes, this is because the qt equilevant of the matcha the is unmaintained, and we are migrating to a more maintainable theme. Thank you for pointing this out, we’ll have to figure out how to migrate the qt settings also.

This is the new expected behavior on gnome40. Gnome theme wanted to make the activities overview more discoverable, so desktop automatically starts in it.

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Everything went smoothly,
but I’ve noticed that icons in search isn’t perfectly aligned to center, unless when searching for ‘X’
it should be 6 apps icons or it should be aligned like when searched for “X” in first photo

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The mirrors are up-to-date, however CDN77 cached the old file and serves that. It simply doesn’t show that it got updated. That’s why it shows outdated. Maybe a CDN is not the right way to do a repo …


Spyder got updated but still crashing at startup , i’ve also downgraded Python-decorator to 4.4.2

Jawad ➜ spyder
No QCoreApplication instance found. Application patches not applied. You have to call load_stylesheet function after instantiation of QApplication to take effect.
Warning: Ignoring XDG_SESSION_TYPE=wayland on Gnome. Use QT_QPA_PLATFORM=wayland to run on Wayland anyway.
fish: Job 1, 'spyder' terminated by signal SIGKILL (Forced quit)

Thank you for the update to this.

About the qt theme, is not problem to me, but find another theme who is maintained will better for development and changes. Maybe something with some round corners “Deepin kind off” :slight_smile: I don’t know, I like the rounded corners :smiley:
I will keep the Adwaita meanwhile.

No problem the way Gnome start in 4.0

Again, thank you for your hard work :clap:

Maybe a CDN is not the right way to do a repo …

I agree, maybe is a lot of cache, good for another stuff but not for rolling content

I don’t know if it’s THE good way to do a repo but I cannot browse the site from this url : I always have 404 pages… which is not the case with the other “global” repo Index of /manjaro/

According to me, with this kind of status (=“always out of date”), people would never go to the site.

Maybe you could ask CDN77 if the settings are correct for our purpose ? They may have any advice on how to set a repo for our needs ?

Well, did you try what it suggested?

CDN77 doesn’t list the files as they don’t allow browsing. However they are there and I talked to their support. We now purge the static files and prefetch them to be current. Packages are what they are and when uploaded don’t need a recache. So I only add index.html files to give you an idea on how to add that network. Browsing is not possible and also not needed for the package manager. I’m currently using it on my end to check if it works. @Dulbi , @Riggs


The update did go well here, though I should mention that “Dash-to-Dock” fails to load with the error No JS module 'viewSelector' found in search path

I know that @philm was working on a bug, so I thought I would report here. Happy to play/experiment if folks have any ideas.