[Testing Update] 2023-03-01 - Kernels, Plasma 5.27.2, Firefox, Mesa 22.3.6

Hello community,

Another testing branch update with some usual package updates for you.

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Finding information easier about Manjaro

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Notable Package Updates:

  • Some of the Kernels got renewed
  • Plasma is now on it’s last plasma 5 series
  • Firefox is at 110.0.1
  • Coding language Gambas is now at 3.18.1
  • Mesa got updated to 22.3.6
  • Usual Python and Haskell updates

Additional Info

Info about AUR packages

:warning: AUR (Arch User Repository) packages are neither supported by Arch nor Manjaro. Posts about them in Announcement topics are off-topic and will be flagged, moved or removed without warning.

Info about GNOME 43

GNOME 43 is here! :partying_face:

New in Manjaro GNOME:

Lonely leftover orphan packages that have been removed from the Arch / Manjaro repositories:

  • adwaita-maia
  • dynamic-wallpaper-editor
  • firefox-gnome-theme-maia
  • gtkhash-nautilus
    (Not compatible with Nautilus 43)
  • manjaro-dynamic-wallpaper
  • manjaro-gdm-tweak
  • nautilus-terminal
    (Not compatible with Nautilus 43 & EOL)

Get our latest daily developer images now from Github: Plasma, GNOME, XFCE. You can get the latest stable releases of Manjaro from CDN77.

Our current supported kernels

  • linux419 4.19.274
  • linux54 5.4.233
  • linux510 5.10.170
  • linux515 5.15.96
  • linux60 6.0.19 [EOL]
  • linux61 6.1.14
  • linux62 6.2.1
  • linux515-rt 5.15.94_rt59
  • linux60-rt 6.0.5_rt14

Package Changes (Wed Mar 1 02:17:29 CET 2023)

  • testing community x86_64: 1876 new and 1857 removed package(s)
  • testing core x86_64: 59 new and 59 removed package(s)
  • testing extra x86_64: 564 new and 631 removed package(s)
  • testing kde-unstable x86_64: 383 new and 412 removed package(s)
  • testing multilib x86_64: 57 new and 58 removed package(s)

A detailed list of all package changes can be found here

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  • Yes i am currently experiencing an issue due to the update. (Please post about it)

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:arrow_right: 2023-03-01


Switch to the base-devel meta package requires manual intervention

2023-02-12 - Robin Candau

On February 2nd, the base-devel package group has been replaced by a meta package of the same name.
If you installed the base-devel package group prior to this date, explicitly re-install it to get the new base-devel package installed on the system:

pacman -Syu base-devel

Arch Linux - News: Switch to the base-devel meta package requires manual intervention


Very slow shutdown when using KDE Plasma Wayland

The issue is sddm that can not be finished until the default timeout 90 sec.
The solution: Install sddm-git

The known bug reports:

PHP 8.2 update and introduction of legacy branch

2023-01-13 - Pierre Schmitz

The php packages have been updated to the latest version 8.2. In addition to this, a new set of php-legacy packages have been introduced. These will follow the oldest but still actively supported PHP branch. This enables users to install the latest version but also introduces the option to use third party applications that might rely on an older version. Both branches will be kept up to date following our rolling release model. php and php-legacy can be installed at the same time as the latter uses a -legacy suffix for its binaries and configuration files.

In addition to this, the php7 packages have been removed as they reached end of life. The imap extension will no longer be provided as it relies on the c-client library which has been abandoned for many years.

Arch Linux - News: PHP 8.2 update and introduction of legacy branch


Some games like Dota 2 are freezing

The issue is caused by update libx11 1.8.3-4
The solution: Upgrade to libx11 1.8.3-5

VLC crashes when playing a video file

It looks like there has been a regression introduced with the new version of libva (2.17.0), which is used by VLC media player. If you get the following error when executing vlc in a terminal:

libva error: vaGetDriverNameByIndex() failed with unknown libva error, driver_name = (null)

you may try to change the Output option in Preferences > Video to VDPAU output instead of Automatic (or whatever value it had been set to before).

Downgrading the libva package from 2.17.0-1 to 2.16.0-1 may also work, but it is a more short-term workaround that should not be kept for too long, as sooner or later, the older package won’t be compatible with the other packages. Consider to do the solution above first.


pacman-mirrors was temporarily renamed to manjaro-mirrors (the changes were reverted)

This was done to avoid confusion with an AUR / WSL package with the same name and avoid possible breakage. It should be a seamless transition.

Rename project (#183) · Issues · Applications / pacman-mirrors · GitLab


KDE Wayland sometimes hangs with mesa 22.3.1 and AMD GPU


dbus-x11 demoted to AUR

dbus-x11 was installed out of the box on some flavors of Manjaro as of a year ago, but is no longer needed. If you have it installed, please replace it with dbus using the following:

sudo pacman -Syu dbus
XFCE becomes unusable if libxfce4ui-nocsd is still installed

So far XFCE Classic project hasn’t updated yet to 4.18 series. We pushed 4.17.0 version of the package, but don’t know if that helps in that situation. It is recommended to install the regular libxfce4ui package to avoid issues and comment on this issue: libxfce4ui 4.18.0 released · Issue #15 · Xfce-Classic/libxfce4ui-nocsd · GitHub


python-cairo 1.23.0-2 update requires manual intervention

The python-cairo package prior to version 1.23.0-2 was missing the compiled python module. This has been fixed in 1.23.0-2, so the upgrade will need to overwrite the untracked pyc file that was created. If you receive this error

python-cairo: /usr/lib/python3.10/site-packages/cairo/__pycache__/__init__.cpython-310.pyc exists in filesystem

when updating, use

pacman -Syu --overwrite /usr/lib/python3.10/site-packages/cairo/__pycache__/\*

to perform the upgrade.


Pop Shell issues with Xorg session with Mutter 43.1 (fixed with mutter 43.1-1.0)

Gnome 43 (X11) GTK4 windows failed to render · Issue #1541 · pop-os/shell · GitHub

Windows not updated after non-interactive resize on X11 (#6054) · Issues · GNOME / gnome-shell · GitLab


signature from "Manjaro Build Server <build_at_manjaro_dot_org>" is unknown trust

Seems our signing key for our Build Server had the 2022-10-28 as expire date set when generated. This is now fixed for chroot builds and fresh as also current existing installs via manjaro-keyring 20221028-4 Simply update your system to get that package, which got pushed to all our branches.


Kernel 6.1-rc# might break backlight control on old/weird laptops


Firefox 106.0 may have issues with screen sharing on GNOME with Wayland


Nvidia 3060RTX cards may have issues with the 515.76 driver (fixed with 520.56.06)
Removing python2 from the repositories

2022-09-23 - Jelle van der Waa

Python 2 went end of life January 2020. Since then we have been actively cutting down the number of projects depending on python2 in our repositories, and we have finally been able to drop it from our distribution. If you still have python2 installed on your system consider removing it and any python2 package.

If you still require the python2 package you can keep it around, but please be aware that there will be no security updates. If you need a patched package please consult the AUR, or use an unofficial user repository.*

Arch Linux - News: Removing python2 from the repositories

* Note: Unofficial user repositories are not supported


Changes with Back In Time packages
  • backintime has been renamed to backintime-qt
  • backintime-cli has been renamed to backintime

After replacing backintime-cli with backintime, you will need to install backintime-qt manually if you want the Qt frontend installed again.


electron12, electron13, electron14 & electron16 have been dropped to the AUR

Unsupported Electron packages have been dropped from the official repos to the AUR. They no longer receive security updates and nothing in the repos depend on them.

If you have AUR packages depending on those versions, install the binary version from the AUR to replace them; i.e., electron16-bin.

See FS#75490 - electron12, electron13, electron14, electron16 are unsupported and vulnerable packages

End of Support for 15.x.y and 16.x.y

Electron 15.x.y and 16.x.y has reached end-of-support. As per Electron’s new 8-week cadence, we were supporting the latest four versions of Electron until May 2022. With this Electron 19 release, we’ll return to supporting the latest three major versions, as well as the alpha, beta, and nightly releases.

Release electron v19.0.0 · electron/electron · GitHub

update is ok i have this orphan , but error on version 32 and 64 bits

pacman -Qdt
lib32-libwrap 7.6.31-4

sudo pacman -Rs lib32-libwrap
vérification des dépendances…
Paquets (3) lib32-libnsl-2.0.0-1  libwrap-7.6.31-4  lib32-libwrap-7.6.31-4

Taille totale supprimée :  0,12 MiB

:: Voulez-vous désinstaller ces paquets ? [O/n] 

The most important change for me in Plasma 5.27.2 is that the following issue is resolved:

My Manjaro broke for some reason (Plasma GUI)
Panel icons disappears after hovering
All desktop and menu icons missing
Icons missing, wrong fonts, unresponsive plasma after update

I personally found the culprit and reported it to the KDE team.

Additionally, a related bug with the external monitor on NVIDIA was fixed.

After the update I couldn’t connect to my mobile wifi hotspot on KDE. I had to manually enter the password under the “Connections” kcm and set it to “Store password for all users (not encrypted)”, which isn’t ideal.

libwrap and lib32-libwrap were dropped from the repos and steam-native-runtime no longer depends on them or lib32-libnsl.

What error? :thinking: Just remove them.

closing my laptop causes it to ether shutoff or freeze upon opening again after installing the update

update: it was fixed by switching back to kernel 6.1

Seems like flatpak-kcm stopped working, I upgraded from version 5.27.1-1 to 5.27.2-1.
When I open it and click on any Flatpak Application the settings do not open, it just says “Select an application from the list to view its permissions here” no matter what I try to select.

Downgrading flatpak-kcm (5.27.2-1 => 5.27.1-1) fixed the issue.

Try switching to the unstable branch and see if flatpak-kcm resolves the issue.


Thank you, yes it still works after upgrading to the unstable branch’s version!

After this update my secondary monitors got switched. Everything that was previously displayed on one of them is now displayed on the other & vice versa.

edit: figured before I go and manually move everything from one to another and change wallpapers I’d just try restarting the system. restarted to black screens, no SDDM. Had to hard restart from the power button 3 times before SDDM finally showed up.

Alright, it was as simple as shuffling screen priorities around. Sure hope the SDDM blackscreening issue doesn’t appear again tho. Even trying ctrl+alt+f3 did nothing to that one.

I suggest disabling kscreen2 service from KDE settings, as it is probably what is causing you trouble in multi monitor setup. The downside is that it doesn’t remember monitor configurations then when kscreen2 is not active. However you can still manage that with other tools or startup scripts to set your monitors as you wish on login (and/or with a proper xorg config I guess). It has been multiple release and they did not fix this multimonitor mess yet as far as I know. Here is what is affecting me maybe you were having similar/related issue.

Seems scaling on HiDPI screens is borked on X11 with KDE. To me it overrides every single custom option I could find and it ignores the global scaling at random but mainly in GTK apps. I read it’s a bug but I figured I can report it here as well. Do you have any solution?
I also read they stopped using GDK_SCALE but this is causing troubles.

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