[Testing Update] 2021-08-25 - Mesa, Browsers, CuteFish, Xorg-Server, LibreOffice, KDE-git

Hello community,

Another testing branch update with some usual updates for you.

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  • LibreOffice got two new releases: 7.1.5 and 7.2.0
  • Mesa is now at 21.2.1
  • Xorg-Server will use now some modesetting-drivers for Intel and Nvidia cards
  • More Gnome 40.4 updates
  • Some KDE-git and Python updates
  • Other regular upstream updates

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 4.4.281
  • linux49 4.9.280
  • linux414 4.14.244
  • linux419 4.19.204
  • linux54 5.4.142
  • linux510 5.10.60
  • linux512 5.12.19 [EOL]
  • linux513 5.13.12
  • linux514 5.14-rc6
  • linux510-rt 5.10.52_rt47

**Package Updates (Wed Aug 25 13:54:07 CEST 2021)

  • testing community x86_64: 367 new and 368 removed package(s)
  • testing core x86_64: 16 new and 16 removed package(s)
  • testing extra x86_64: 394 new and 492 removed package(s)
  • testing kde-unstable x86_64: 185 new and 185 removed package(s)
  • testing multilib x86_64: 16 new and 16 removed package(s)

A detailed list of 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:

No audio after Pulseaudio v15 update

Try clearing the databases in your home folder of any old settings by executing:

rm ~/.config/pulse/*.tdb ~/.config/pulse/cookie

Reboot afterwards.

Older 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.

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: Graphics & Display - Manjaro Linux Forum 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.

Arch Linux - News: libtraceevent>=5.9-1 update requires manual intervention

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.

Please RTFT (Read This Fine Thread) first before reporting the same issues over and over again!

I’m I way to early too see this?

So this happened before the current version of linux-firmware got released:

Let’s hope that this new version of that package includes this workaround and fixes the crash-and-reset bug some of our machines with recent AMD GPUs (my ThinkPad included) have been dealing with in the past several months.

 :: Our current supported kernels

 - linux512 5.12.19 [EOL]

May be time to retire this kernel and push everyone to 5.13. It has been EOL for over a month now and is no longer posted on the kernel site, we’re also less than a week away from 5.14 coming out.

The blank screen stuck still happens after updating, maybe the same problem as this issue?

Yep, this is fixed with current linux-firmware package we added with this update.


pacman-mirrors seems to have a problem with ftp.tu-chemnitz.de:

::INFO Querying mirrors - This may take some time
  0.142 Germany        : https://mirror.netcologne.de/manjaro/
  0.172 Germany        : http://ftp.tu-chemnitz.de/pub/linux/manjaro/
  ..... Germany        : ftp://ftp.tu-chemnitz.de/pub/linux/manjaro/

::ERROR ftp error: ConnectionRefusedError(111, 'Connection refused')

Out of curiosity, I checked the availability with the ftp command in a terminal:

ftp> open ftp.tu-chemnitz.de
Connected to ftp.hrz.tu-chemnitz.de.
220 Welcome to TU Chemnitz FTP service (elba.hrz.tu-chemnitz.de).
Name (ftp.tu-chemnitz.de:gerd): anonymous
331 Please specify the password.
230 Login successful.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
ftp> cd pub
250 Directory successfully changed.
ftp> cd linux
250 Directory successfully changed.
ftp> cd manjaro
250 Directory successfully changed.
ftp> dir
200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV.
150 Here comes the directory listing.
-rw-r--r--    1 0        0          631285 Aug 30 03:32 _LASTMIRROR.txt
drwxr-xr-x    7 0        0             175 Aug 20 13:54 arm-stable
drwxr-xr-x    7 0        0             175 Aug 29 19:31 arm-testing
drwxr-xr-x    7 0        0             175 Feb 04  2021 arm-unstable
drwxr-xr-x    6 0        0              88 Aug 04 09:36 pool
drwxr-xr-x    7 0        0             169 Aug 27 12:26 stable
drwxr-xr-x    7 0        0             169 Aug 26 10:52 stable-staging
-rwxr-xr-x    1 0        0             259 Aug 30 03:22 state
drwxr-xr-x    7 0        0             169 Aug 25 12:21 testing
drwxr-xr-x    7 0        0             169 Feb 06  2021 unstable
226 Directory send OK.
ftp> quit
221 Goodbye.

Looks like there is a small glitch currently in pacman-mirrors, isn’t it?