[Testing Update] 2018-06-29 - Linux v4.18-rc2, Pamac, Manjaro-Tools-Git, Haskell, Python

Hi community,

Welcome to another testing update. So what do we have with this one?

  • Guillaume fixed the double-echo bug within pamac.
  • Stefano pushed a new git-snapshot of our manjaro-tools.
  • Philip added the latest RC kernel of v4.18 series.
  • haskell and python updates/rebuilds.

We hope with all these changes Manjaro to be more efficient for you all.

If you are curious about the latest state of development for the upcoming Manjaro-Illyria 18.0 release, you now have the opportunity to download a beta-build of Manjaro-Xfce 18.0 including the latest xfce-gtk3 packages aswell as our most recent styling efforts:


Our KDE fans may try our beta-build with the latest KDE v5.13 instead.

Latest information about the intel-cpu-bug risk and our efforts can be found here.

Current supported Kernels

  • linux316 3.16.57
  • linux318 3.18.113 [EOL]
  • linux41 4.1.52 [EOL]
  • linux44 4.4.138
  • linux49 4.9.110
  • linux414 4.14.52
  • linux415 4.15.18 [EOL]
  • linux416 4.16.18 [EOL]
  • linux417 4.17.3
  • linux418 4.18-rc2
  • linux414-rt 4.14.40_rt30
  • linux416-rt 4.16.15_rt7

Package Updates (Fri Jun 29 07:51:58 CEST 2018)

  • testing community x86_64: 31 new and 29 removed package(s)
  • testing core x86_64: 2 new and 2 removed package(s)
  • testing extra x86_64: 9 new and 9 removed package(s)

:: Different sync package(s) in repository community x86_64

                             PACKAGE           2018-06-28           2018-06-29
                               cgrep            6.6.25-31            6.6.25-32
                            ejabberd              18.04-1              18.06-1
                           git-annex         6.20180626-3         6.20180626-4
                       haskell-hpack            0.28.2-29            0.28.2-30
                    haskell-mustache             2.3.0-24             2.3.0-25
                         haskell-sbv                7.9-7                7.9-8
                        haskell-yaml            0.8.30-22             0.8.31-1
                       haskell-yesod             1.6.0-35             1.6.0-36
                             hindent             5.2.5-43             5.2.5-44
                         hledger-web             1.9.2-38             1.9.2-39
                               hlint              2.1.6-6              2.1.6-7
                      hopenpgp-tools            0.21.1-20            0.21.1-21
                              pandoc             2.2.1-45             2.2.1-46
                            parallel           20180522-1           20180622-1
                python-pycryptodomex              3.6.1-1              3.6.3-1
       python-sphinx-alabaster-theme             0.7.10-1             0.7.11-1
               python2-pycryptodomex              3.6.1-1              3.6.3-1
      python2-sphinx-alabaster-theme             0.7.10-1             0.7.11-1
                           ristretto              0.8.2-2              0.8.3-1
                          shellcheck             0.5.0-21             0.5.0-22
                               stack             1.7.1-40             1.7.1-41
                          streamlink             0.13.0-1             0.14.2-1
                    python-periphery                    -              1.1.1-1
                   python2-periphery                    -              1.1.1-1

:: Different overlay package(s) in repository core x86_64

                             PACKAGE           2018-06-28           2018-06-29
                      linux418 4.18rc1.0617.gce397d2-1 4.18rc2.0628.g90368a3-1
              linux418-headers 4.18rc1.0617.gce397d2-1 4.18rc2.0628.g90368a3-1

:: Different overlay package(s) in repository extra x86_64

                             PACKAGE           2018-06-28           2018-06-29
                     linux418-nvidia         1:396.24-0.1         1:396.24-0.2
                      linux418-r8168         8.045.08-0.1         8.045.08-0.2
    linux418-virtualbox-host-modules           5.2.12-0.1           5.2.12-0.2
              manjaro-tools-base-git      r2671.98aaa74-1      r2687.7d56c7a-1
               manjaro-tools-iso-git      r2671.98aaa74-1      r2687.7d56c7a-1
               manjaro-tools-pkg-git      r2674.3e80462-1      r2687.7d56c7a-1
              manjaro-tools-yaml-git      r2671.98aaa74-1      r2687.7d56c7a-1
                               pamac              6.4.0-2              6.4.0-3
             pamac-tray-appindicator              6.4.0-2              6.4.0-3
  • 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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Ready for Stable ?!?

  • We are ready to move this to our stable branch
  • I still see some issues (post about them)

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Known issues and solutions

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Issues with folder view widget in KDE v5.13

KDE introduced a new setting for icon sizes. Now you're able to define also the size for your panel. If you have a high-DPI display, you may want to increase the value. This will fix the display issue with given widget.


Pulseaudio changes

With this update we have a /etc/pulse/default.pa.pacnew. It may be necessary to merge (some lines related to “GSettings” in /etc/pulse/default.pa ) if 'default.pa' has been customised.

File conflict engrampa.tap

thunar-archive-plugin: /usr/lib/xfce4/thunar-archive-plugin/engrampa.tap exists in filesystem (owned by engrampa-thunar-plugin)

thunar-archive-plugin has added native support for the Engrampa archive manager. engrampa-thunar-plugin is no longer needed. Remove engrampa-thunar-plugin to continue with the update.

Items from previous update sets

Kernel 4.9 issues

Seems on rare conditions you may face a faulty boot with linux49. It results in messages similar like this: <module> likely not compiled with -mcmodel=kernel. Also you will land in the emergency console.

We recommend to install at least another kernel as backup. You may follow this post to recover. v4.9.107-2 is known to be working.

:: alpm-octopi-utils: installing “pacman” (5.1.0-2) breaks the dependency with «pacman <5.1»

Make sure your mirrors are up-to-date. All package management tools should be compatible with pacman 5.1

:: ffmpeg2.8: installing x265 (2.8-1) breaks dependency ‘libx265.so=151-64’

ffmpeg2.8 is no longer in the repos. Remove it, and if you need it, rebuild/reinstall it from the AUR.

gcc54 and gcc5 are in conflict

For those using CUDA, if this error comes up, run the update from terminal
sudo pacman -Syyu
and type YES to replace gcc5 with gcc54

Extension "Workspace to Dock" is bugged

Be careful like there is a bug if you use the Extension "Workspace to Dock". You need to update/install this version in ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/ for not have desktop freeze after reboot : https://github.com/passingthru67/workspaces-to-dock/archive/master.zip

Thanks for nabd who have solved this issue : [Testing Update] 2018-05-11 - Kernels, GCC8, Gnome 3.28.2, Cinnamon, KDE Apps 18.04.1, LibreOffice

I see a lot of pacnew files

Well, there is no manual intervention needed for pacnew files coming from filesystem package. The best thing you can do is, do nothing.

Never, ever, ever, ever, ever merge the pacnew file for /etc/{passwd,shadow,gshadow,group}, unless you want to make the new comments match aesthetically with your in-use user accounts database. The only practical difference that merging can ever cause is to accidentally delete users or mangle the whole file's syntax and render your computer maybe unbootable.

More advice in this regard you may find here.

Nvidia drivers and Fermi support

With the current Nvidia driver release v396.24, support for the old Fermi cards got dropped. Please switch either over to Nouveau driver or downgrade to v390xx driver series.

Bumblebee users follow:

sudo mhwd -r pci video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-bumblebee
sudo mhwd -i pci video-hybrid-intel-nvidia-390xx-bumblebee

Normal users follow:

sudo mhwd -r pci video-nvidia
sudo mhwd -i pci video-nvidia-390xx

To switch to opensource drivers do:

sudo mhwd -r pci video-nvidia
sudo mhwd -i pci video-linux

Changes made to Glibc

The new version of glibc removes support for NIS and NIS+. The default /etc/nsswitch.conf file provided by filesystem package already reflects this change. Please make sure to merge pacnew file if it exists prior to upgrade.

NIS functionality can still be enabled by installing libnss_nis package. There is no replacement for NIS+ in the official repositories.

Changes made to PAM

pam 1.3.0-2 no longer ships pam_unix2 module and pam_unix_*.so compatibility symlinks. Before upgrading, review PAM configuration files in the /etc/pam.d directory and replace removed modules with pam_unix.so. Users of pam_unix2 should also reset their passwords after such change. Defaults provided by pambase package do not need any modifications.

Check grep -rn 'pam_unix[2_]' /etc/pam.d, if no output, you need to do nothing.

Samba units renamed

Note: In samba 4.8.0-1, the units were renamed from smbd.service and nmbd.service to smb.service and nmb.service.

To provide basic file sharing through SMB start/enable smb.service and/or nmb.service services. See the smbd(8) and nmbd(8) man pages for details, as the nmb.service service may not always be required.

Directory permissions differ

Directory permissions differ on /var/lib/samba/private/
filesystem: 755 package: 700

sudo chmod 700 /var/lib/samba/private/

Samba - Error 255: net usershare add: cannot convert name "Everyone" to a SID.

Currently there seems to be an issue when using group = sambashare with Samba 4.8.1-1, which is used by default in thesmb.conf provided by Manjaro. Changing it to group = +sambashare or force group = +sambashare resolves this. However, we might fill out a bug report, to see why that is currently needed.

Commenting/removing group = sambashare is also a viable solution.

Long delay for starting Desktop Environment

There's a bug which is exhausting the entropy pool. This is refilled over time through e.g. disk activity and mouse movement. You can increase the fill rate with a software solution:

sudo pacman -S haveged
sudo systemctl enable haveged
sudo systemctl start haveged

An alternative method if activating the haveged service is not something you want to do is to press the shift key 8-10 times in succession.

No issues on XFCE, only pamac was updated it seems. I don’t use pamac so can’t comment on if the issue with it is fixed or not.

Smooth update. :smile:

Trying out the 4.18rc kernel on Xfce, and no problems so far.

None of the icons have active slider. Also Breeze icons cannot be resized, no matter which category I chose. Is it just my bug or is someone else experiencing it? Or maybe the option becomes active for hidpi screens?


EDIT: may that be caused that I never merged any pacnew since 2,5 year?

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17.1.11 ISOs planned soon?

I think the focus is on 18.0.

or maybe the 17.2.0

And this installed cleanly in Virtual Box, unlike the Alpha build.
Thank you.

VirtualBox-5.2.12-2 not showing buttons “new”, “start”, “config”, is this a bug, a configuration or now is what it is?

Right click aside of Toolbar Text, and select Show Toolbar. You will have to do that each time you start it ... a bug indeed.


I got my first full-system shutdown crash in a very long time today, some time after installing these updates from the previous testing updates.

All in all, it was a normal workflow's set of applications running (a smattering of firefoxes, lots of vims, slack, Zoom) and the like, so I can't be sure what caused it. Anyway, it's only happened once in 6 or so hours.

Edit: I had just resumed from sleep, opened a youtube video, and tapped on the super key a couple times.

  Host: absurd-reckonings Kernel: 4.17.3-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 
  compiler: gcc v: 8.1.1 Desktop: Cinnamon 3.8.6 dm: startx 
  Distro: Manjaro Linux 17.1.10 Hakoila 
  Card-1: Intel UHD Graphics 620 driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 
  chip ID: 8086:5917 
  Display: server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: intel 
  unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa tty: N/A 
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel UHD Graphics 620 (Kabylake GT2) 
  v: 4.5 Mesa 18.1.2 compat-v: 3.0 direct render: Yes 

I don't foresee this being a huge deal, but I figured more info is better than less, eh?

Oh wow, thank you for this tip.

For the past couple of weeks or so, my VB Manager UI looked really weird, missing both its Toolbar & ALL the usual Details info, instead displaying only the Snapshots info. I could not deduce why it had broken, & all my attempts to fix it failed.


My initial excitement when i read your advice stalled when i realised that my UI actually had no suitable area in which to do that right-click. Then i realised the problem.

Months ago [when The Debate began about Global Menus vs... actually good layouts, teehee], i had discovered & began using the Application Menu icon [from KDE's System Settings - Appearance - Application Style - Window Decorations - Buttons - Titlebar]. You can see it in my pic above. I like this because it saves valuable vertical space in all program windows which respect it, whilst still keeping these important control functions within the window [not inconveniently moving them to instead massively clutter my Panel, teehee again (who, me, a provocative tease? nahhhh)].

However the advent of this recent bug [who is at fault here btw; Oracle or KDE?] combined with my use of the AM, completely prevented me being able to apply your simple workaround. Hence, atm sadly, until Oracle or KDE fix the bug, i have had to revert to not using AM, thus now once more wasting some window vertical space... but hey, at least now the VB Manager is fully usable at last!



I am also missing those icons but I can access all needed tools by right clicking chosen virtual system so I'm good. This is an annoying bug but nothing crucial.

Any idea?

Have you checked on other DE?

Excellent idea. I just temporarily installed VB into my Manjaro Xfce VM [within my Tower's Manjaro KDE OS, ha]. Initially that new VB GUI looked ok, but i then closed & reopened VB [still in my VM, i mean], & the identical bug occurred as in my real KDE, ie, no Toolbar, no Status Bar. I manually reactivated them via rightclick, closed & reopened GUI, & they were gone again. Repeated one last time; gone again.

So, apparently it is an Oracle problem not KDE. It existed in 5.2.12 & now 5.2.14.

It may be Qt related problem. Remember that we're sitting on very fresh and sometimes bugged, new version and vbox is Qt program. That gave me an idea... Install in vbox ubuntu 18.04, then add vbox and if its version will be too low, add ppa for fresher package and see if the bug also occurs. If yes, it's not Qt.

I think that as well. Changing themes, changes behavior on me, ... and I have serious issue with plasma themes :rage:

I checked on Neon Virtualbox 5.2.14 on Qt 5.6.1 and the bug is not there.

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