[Testing Update] 2023-09-27 - Kernels, Thunderbird, Firefox, LibreOffice

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

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Notable Package Updates:

  • Most Kernels got updated
  • Systemd is now at 254.4
  • Firefox got renewed to 118.0 and Thunderbird is at 115.2.3
  • LibreOffice updated to 7.5.7
  • Usual KDE-git, Haskell and Python updates

Additional Info

Python 3.11 info

:information_source: You will need to rebuild any AUR Python packages that install files to site-packages or link to libpython3.10.so. :information_source:

Print a list of of packages that have files in /usr/lib/python3.10/ :

pacman -Qoq /usr/lib/python3.10/

Rebuild them all at once:*

pamac build $(pacman -Qoq /usr/lib/python3.10)

* Note that if any fail to build, you’ll have to rebuild what’s remaining one or a few at a time.

Use rebuild-detector to see if anything else needs to be rebuilt:

checkrebuild
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.

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 4.19.295
  • linux54 5.4.257
  • linux510 5.10.197
  • linux515 5.15.133
  • linux61 6.1.55
  • linux64 6.4.16 [EOL]
  • linux65 6.5.5
  • linux66 6.6.0rc3
  • linux61-rt 6.1.54_rt15
  • linux64-rt 6.4.6_rt8
  • linux65-rt 6.5.2_rt8

A list of all changes can be found here.

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Known issues and solutions

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:arrow_right: 2023-09-27

Changes to default password hashing algorithm and umask settings

2023-09-22 - David Runge

With shadow >= 4.14.0, Arch Linux’s default password hashing algorithm changed from SHA512 to yescrypt [1].

Furthermore, the umask [2] settings are now configured in /etc/login.defs instead of /etc/profile.

This should not require any manual intervention.

Reasons for Yescrypt

The password-based key derivation function (KDF) and password hashing scheme yescrypt has been chosen due to its adoption (readily available in libxcrypt, which is used by pam [3]) and its stronger resilience towards password cracking attempts over SHA512.

Although the winner of the Password Hashing Competition [4] has been argon2, this even more resilient algorithm is not yet available in libxcrypt [5][6].

Configuring yescrypt

The YESCRYPT_COST_FACTOR setting in /etc/login.defs is currently without effect, until pam implements reading its value [7]. If a YESCRYPT_COST_FACTOR higher (or lower) than the default (5) is needed, it can be set using the rounds option of the pam_unix [8] module (i.e. in /etc/pam.d/system-auth).

General list of changes

  • yescrypt is used as default password hashing algorithm, instead of SHA512
  • pam honors the chosen ENCRYPT_METHOD in /etc/login.defs and does not override the chosen method anymore
  • changes in the filesystem (>= 2023.09.18) and pambase (>= 20230918) packages ensure, that umask is set centrally in /etc/login.defs instead of /etc/profile

[1] yescrypt - scalable KDF and password hashing scheme

[2] umask(1p) — Arch manual pages

[3] PAM - ArchWiki

[4] https://www.password-hashing.net/

[5] [RFC] Add argon2 backend. by ferivoz · Pull Request #113 · besser82/libxcrypt · GitHub

[6] Add support for Argon2 by maandree · Pull Request #150 · besser82/libxcrypt · GitHub

[7] Support reading YESCRYPT_COST_FACTOR from /etc/login.defs · Issue #607 · linux-pam/linux-pam · GitHub

[8] pam_unix(8) — Arch manual pages

Arch Linux - News: Changes to default password hashing algorithm and umask settings

2023-09-06

filesystem and bashrc-manjaro pacnews

With the filesystem 2023.09.03-1 and bashrc-manjaro 5.1.016-3 updates there may be pacnews for the following files if you have local modifications:

  • /etc/shells
  • /etc/bash.bashrc

This would be a good time to test @Ste74’s new manjaro-pacnew-checker program. See Check and manage pacnew files for more info.

2023-08-25

ansible-core >= 2.15.3-1 update may require manual intervention

2023-08-19 - Robin Candau

As of ansible-core 2.15.3, upstream moved documentation and examples to a separate dedicated repository (see the related changelogs).
This means that, starting from version 2.15.3 the ansible-core package will stop shipping documentation and a default configuration example under /etc/ansible/ansible.cfg.

Regarding the documentation, it is available online: https://docs.ansible.com/
As for the configuration file, as explained in the wiki, a base config can be generated with the following command:

ansible-config init --disabled > ansible.cfg

After updating from ansible-core <= 2.15.2-1 to >= 2.15.3-1, everyone using a custom global Ansible configuration file stored under /etc/ansible/ansible.cfg will have their configuration saved as a pacsave file.
To restore it, run the following command:

mv /etc/ansible/ansible.cfg.pacsave /etc/ansible/ansible.cfg

Arch Linux - News: ansible-core >= 2.15.3-1 update may require manual intervention

2023-08-04

Possible glibc 2.38 posix_memalign regression

There seems a performance regression of posix_memalign in Glibc-2.38. More info here: 30723 – Poor posix_memalign performance with long free lists

Workarounds:

You can try another malloc like mimalloc or jemalloc as workaround. Install mimalloc and start mpv with:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libmimalloc.so mpv

or

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libjemalloc.so mpv

For folks that dont want to change things too much … an apparent workaround is to set a lowish cache size:

mkdir -p ~/.config/mpv && printf '\ndemuxer-max-bytes=50MiB\ndemuxer-max-back-bytes=25MiB\n' | tee -a ~/.config/mpv/mpv.conf
budgie-desktop >= 10.7.2-6 update requires manual intervention

When upgrading from budgie-desktop 10.7.2-5 to 10.7.2-6, the package mutter43 must be replaced with magpie-wm, which currently depends on mutter. As mutter43 conflicts with mutter, manual intervention is required to complete the upgrade.

First remove mutter43, then immediately perform the upgrade. Do not relog or reboot between these steps.

pacman -Rdd mutter43
pacman -Syu

2023-07-28

Grub conflicting files

Error: Failed to commit transaction:
conflicting files:
grub: /usr/bin/update-grub already exists in filesystem (owned by grub-update)

sudo pacman -Rdd grub-update
sudo pacman -Suu grub

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2023-07-24

One core of CPU has high IO-wait operation at 100%

[Unstable Update] 2023-05-21 - Repository changes - #199 by Zesko

Kernel 6.4.4, 6.4.5 and 6.1.39 LTS are affected:
The known issue and report:

2023-07-15

Steam crashes on startup with lib32-libgudev installed

The latest lib32-libgudev update does not cooperate with the version of the same package provided by steam, and steam seems to attempt making calls to both leading to the crash.

Details: bug report, arch task, arch forum thread.

  • Workaround #1 (causes steam to avoid making any calls to lib32-libgudev by using a different library altogether)

    • sudo pacman -S lib32-libnm
  • Workaround #2 (forces steam and any other application to always use the new lib32-libgudev)

    • sudo pacman -S lib32-libudev0-shim
  • Workaround #3 (use steam-native-runtime, which doesn’t have the issue)

    • sudo pacman -S steam-native-runtime

2023-06-27

possible kernel bug for amdgpu users

[Testing Update] 2023-06-27 - Kernels, Linux-Firmware, Mesa, Wine, Nvidia, KDE-git - #4 by xvin

2023-06-24

Pamac GUI theme does not match theme for Xfce

pamac-gtk 11.0.1 uses Gtk 4 that is not supported by Xfce
user can replace pamac-gtk with pamac-gtk3

pamac install pamac-gtk3
TeX Live package reorganization

2023-06-18 - Antonio Rojas

Starting from version 2023.66594-9, TeX Live packages have been reorganized to mirror upstream collections. Even though the new texlive-basic replaces the old texlive-core, many of the texlive-core contents (including language specific files) are now split between different packages. To find out which Arch package contains a specific CTAN package, you can use the tlmgr utility, eg.

$ tlmgr info euler | grep collection
collection:  collection-latexrecommended

which means the euler CTAN package is contained in texlive-latexrecommended. You may also use pacman -F to query for specific files.

A new metapackage texlive-meta is available to install all subpackages (except for language specific ones), and the new texlive-doc package provides the full documentation for offline use.

Arch Linux - News: TeX Live package reorganization

2023-06-15

The "community" repository has been merged into "extra" and is now empty

The [community] repository has been merged into [extra] and is now empty. It may take a bit of time for mirrors to catch up.

:point_right: Update your system and merge the pacman pacnew /etc/pacman.conf.pacnew file.

sudo pacman -Syu "pacman>=6.0.2-11"
OpenBLAS >= 0.3.23-2 update requires manual intervention

2023-06-14 - Felix Yan

The openblas package prior to version 0.3.23-2 doesn’t ship optimized LAPACK routine and CBLAS/LAPACKE interfaces for compatibility. This decision has been reverted now, and the ability to choose a different default system BLAS/LAPACK implementation while keeping openblas installed is now provided to allow future co-installation of BLIS, ATLAS, etc.
wiki post
The default BLAS implementation will be used for most packages like NumPy or R. Please install blas-openblas and blas64-openblas to make OpenBLAS the default BLAS implementation, just like the old behavior.

Unfortunately you will get errors on updating if you currently have OpenBLAS installed as the default BLAS implementation:

error: failed to prepare transaction (could not satisfy dependencies)
:: installing openblas (0.3.23-2) breaks dependency 'blas' required by cblas
:: installing openblas (0.3.23-2) breaks dependency 'blas' required by lapack

Please append your preferred default BLAS implementation to the regular -Syu command line to get around it. For example:

sudo pacman -Syu blas-openblas

or

sudo pacman -Syu blas

Arch Linux - News: OpenBLAS >= 0.3.23-2 update requires manual intervention

Previous testing threads:

Teasing updates???

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Please test and provide feedback:

Something weird happens to me with this update. While pacman was running in the configuration stage, the KDE session got closed, and pacman aborted. I did not know at which stage pacman was aborted until I rebooted the PC. Grub gave an error because it was unable to find the initramfs kernel files. The kernel installation wasn’t finished, and the kernel files were not generated under the /boot directory. To recover the system, I had to boot with Arch Linux, chroot, and reinstall the kernels.

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