[Testing Update] 2018-10-01 - Linux419, Grub-Quiet, Systemd, Pamac-Dev

Hi community,

So it took us some more days to push additional packages for the upcoming stable update-pack.

Here the brief overall changes with this update:

  • I managed to complete my work on the smooth bootup experience. (Will be default by 18.0-beta-7 [KDE,XFCE])
  • Latest v4.19-rc6 kernel
  • Updated systemd and grub-quiet
  • Fixes to pamac-dev
  • Upstream fixes incl. haskell and python packages

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

#bladebook - shipping to Europe this fall!

Currently we are working on a new Manjaro-Hardware project, the Bladebook Fall 2018. It will be powered by Manjaro KDE v18.0 and the latest Intel Apollo Lake Quad-Core HD APU. Having a fanless metal material (cassis gold-rose) and eMMC as storage (additional M2-SSD possible), it will have a long battery life. Find out more on our hardware page.

#beta-release - 18.0 will be available in late October!

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. And our GNOME fans may try our beta-build with the latest GNOME v3.30.

Current supported Kernels

  • linux316 3.16.57
  • linux318 3.18.123 [EOL]
  • linux44 4.4.159
  • linux49 4.9.139
  • linux414 4.14.73
  • linux417 4.17.19 [EOL]
  • linux418 4.18.11
  • linux419 4.19-rc6
  • linux414-rt 4.14.71_rt44
  • linux416-rt 4.16.18_rt11

Package Updates (Mon Oct 1 07:13:38 CEST 2018)

  • testing community x86_64: 39 new and 39 removed package(s)
  • testing core x86_64: 7 new and 7 removed package(s)
  • testing extra x86_64: 22 new and 22 removed package(s)
  • testing multilib x86_64: 2 new and 2 removed package(s)
:: Different sync package(s) in repository community x86_64

                             PACKAGE           2018-09-30           2018-10-01
                                  at             3.1.20-4             3.1.23-1
                                avfs              1.0.5-1              1.0.6-1
                              catch2              2.3.0-1              2.4.1-1
                                cgal               4.12-3             4.12.1-1
                                 coq              8.8.1-3              8.8.2-1
                             coq-doc              8.8.1-3              8.8.2-1
                              coqide              8.8.1-3              8.8.2-1
                           gscan2pdf              2.1.4-1              2.1.6-1
                       haskell-hslua               1.0.0-1
           haskell-hslua-module-text               0.2.0-1
                          kio-gdrive              1.2.4-1              1.2.4-2
                               libhx               3.22-2               3.23-1
                              libzen             0.4.37-1             0.4.37-2
                           limesuite            18.06.0-3            18.06.0-5
                              mopidy              2.1.0-5              2.2.0-1
                              pandoc                2.3-5              2.3.1-1
                     pandoc-citeproc            0.14.4-19             0.14.5-2
                   pantheon-terminal              0.5.2-1              0.5.3-1
                             pysolfc                2.0-6              2.4.0-1
                    pysolfc-cardsets                2.0-4                2.0-5
                  python-cloudpickle              0.5.3-2              0.5.6-1
            python-django-extensions              2.1.2-1              2.1.3-1
                   python-hypothesis             3.73.3-1             3.73.4-1
                    python-justbases               0.09-1               0.09-2
                    python-qtawesome              0.4.4-3              0.5.0-2
                         python-qtpy              1.4.2-3              1.5.1-1
                 python2-cloudpickle              0.5.3-2              0.5.6-1
                  python2-hypothesis             3.73.3-1             3.73.4-1
                   python2-qtawesome              0.4.4-3              0.5.0-2
                        python2-qtpy              1.4.2-3              1.5.1-1
                               sassc              3.4.7-1              3.5.0-1
                          shellcheck            0.5.0-115            0.5.0-116
                    telegram-desktop             1.3.14-1              1.4.0-1
                            thermald              1.7.2-1                1.8-1
                             variety              0.6.9-1              0.7.0-1
                                 xca              2.1.0-2              2.1.1-1

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

                             PACKAGE           2018-09-30           2018-10-01
                          grub-quiet            2.03.0-12            2.03.0-13
                          libsystemd              239.2-2              239.2-4
                      linux419 4.19rc5.0923.g6bf4ca7-1 4.19rc6.0930.g17b57b1-1
              linux419-headers 4.19rc5.0923.g6bf4ca7-1 4.19rc6.0930.g17b57b1-1
                             systemd              239.2-2              239.2-4
                  systemd-resolvconf              239.2-2              239.2-4
                  systemd-sysvcompat              239.2-2              239.2-4

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

                             PACKAGE           2018-09-30           2018-10-01
                  linux419-acpi_call           1.1.0-0.19           1.1.0-0.21
                   linux419-bbswitch             0.8-0.19             0.8-0.21
                linux419-ndiswrapper            1.61-0.19            1.61-0.21
                     linux419-nvidia        1:410.57-0.19        1:410.57-0.21
               linux419-nvidia-340xx         340.107-0.19         340.107-0.21
               linux419-nvidia-390xx          390.87-0.19          390.87-0.21
                   linux419-nvidiabl            0.88-0.19            0.88-0.21
                      linux419-r8168        8.045.08-0.19        8.045.08-0.21
                        linux419-spl          0.7.10-0.19          0.7.10-0.21
                   linux419-tp_smapi            0.41-0.19            0.41-0.21
                linux419-vhba-module        20161009-0.19        20161009-0.21
   linux419-virtualbox-guest-modules          5.2.18-0.19          5.2.18-0.21
    linux419-virtualbox-host-modules          5.2.18-0.19          5.2.18-0.21
                        linux419-zfs          0.7.10-0.19          0.7.10-0.21
                           pamac-dev         7.2.0.dev1-1         7.2.0.dev2-1
         pamac-dev-tray-appindicator         7.2.0.dev1-1         7.2.0.dev2-1

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

                             PACKAGE           2018-09-30           2018-10-01
                              evince 3.30.0+8+g238f8ee6-1             3.30.1-1
                              gthumb              3.6.1-2              3.6.2-1
                 ibus-typing-booster             1.5.35-1              2.1.2-1
                 lightdm-gtk-greeter            1:2.0.5-1            1:2.0.6-1
                        perl-socket6               0.28-5               0.29-1

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

                             PACKAGE           2018-09-30           2018-10-01
                       lib32-systemd              239.2-1              239.2-2

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

                             PACKAGE           2018-09-30           2018-10-01
                        lib32-libndp                1.6-1                1.7-1

  • 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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Items from previous update sets

AMD-Ucode introduction

All users of AMD-APUs/CPUs should install this update like this:

sudo pacman -Syyu
sudo pacman -S amd-ucode
sudo pacman -R intel-ucode
sudo update-grub

Step 3 is optional.

LibreOffice has no window decoration in KDE

New line export SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gtk3_kde5, once merged into existing /etc/profile.d/libreoffice-fresh.sh , fixes a moderately longterm issue. If it doesn't work for you, you may use gtk instead of gtk3_kde5 as UI framework.

Something using Perl/Python/glibc broke

Rebuilds needed! If it's an AUR package, rebuild it. If it's a repo package, please report and check back regularly for rebuilds.

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.

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.

How to enable smooth-bootup

These steps are only needed when not using any Manjaro 18.0-beta-7 install media.

  • switch to testing branch and update your system
  • reboot to see if all is still booting fine
  • install linux418 or linux419
  • install grub-quiet
  • reinstall grub to MBR (Attention: use the correct cmd for your system!)
    • EFI: sudo grub-install --target=x86_64-efi --efi-directory=/boot/efi --bootloader-id=manjaro --recheck
    • BIOS: sudo grub-install --recheck /dev/sd[X] (change [X] for your device letter. Check via lsblk -f)
  • reboot to see if all is still booting fine
  • check that you have loglevel=3 vga=current rd.systemd.show_status=auto rd.udev.log-priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0 in /etc/default/grub under GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT or GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX
  • sed -i -e 's|fsck||g' /etc/mkinitcpio.conf
  • sudo mkinitcpio -P
  • sudo update-grub
  • reboot your system

If you have issues please use this thread:


When running cat /proc/sys/kernel/random/entropy_avail, I noticed a entropy of less then 1000 (~975 before update ~1700) (the arch-wiki recommends >1000). The system booted up normally but I like it to be >1000, so enabled haveged.service to be sure not to run into problems. Now it is at ~2200.

A pity ... the beta 7 Live-ISOs won't boot with my system. Neither the KDE nor the XFCE version
I get only a grub rescue screen:

GRUB loading.
Welcome to GRUB!

error: symbol 'grub_key_is_interrupt' not found.
Entering rescue mode...
grub rescue>

On the other hand i have a hard time booting the stable 17.1.12 iso too ... as these seem to use 'older' kernels which do not fully support my Ryzen 5 2400G (i would need Kernel 4.19).
I'm trying to repair my boot as grub-quiet went horribly wrong :(.

EDIT: OK i can boot into Manjaro 18 beta 6 live USB stick

Have you seen the link in post # 14 above.
Oops , wrong topic. Will redirect to right topic here.
Sorry folks. Carry on.

I have a bug with arc-themes (arc-gtk-theme, arc-themes-maia, arc-themes-breath) since the update to gnome 3.30, see:

The developer says that he does not see this bug in arch. Thus, it could be relatated to manjaro.
Does anybody else see this too?

Hey @philm, as it is rw is passed by grub-quiet to the kernel by default in line 145 of /etc/grub.d/10_linux. I have to remove it manually since I use systemd-fsck and that means I have to mount the kernel ro.

I’m having the same issue. I can post a screenshot if needed

Can i use Manjaro-Architect ISO (17.1.11) to fix grub using Live CD. I hope Manjaro Architect has grub as bootloader

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Failed when using this way. I can't recover my efi grub. I don't know why. So, installing with the new beta-7 Manjaro KDE. Smooth bootup showing perfect, also showing ASUS logo before splash screen. It's more better, more smooth transition into main desktop comparing with previous Beta-6.

Yes you can use that - I just did that myself to rescue my encrypted system from my joerney to grub-quiet XD

$ uname -a
Linux Manjaro_KDE_VM 4.18.11-1-MANJARO #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat Sep 29 14:32:43 UTC 2018 x86_64 GNU/Linux

I skipped the 2018-09-30 Update. When i did this latest one i got the same initial error as [Testing Update] 2018-09-30 - Kernels, Nvidia, Wine, Pamac-Dev, Python, Haskell, so i used the suggestion [Testing Update] 2018-09-30 - Kernels, Nvidia, Wine, Pamac-Dev, Python, Haskell. After removing plasma5-theme-adaptabreath i was indeed able to complete the Update. However all attempts to subsequently reinstall that package [including after reboot] failed with the original error message of the file conflict.

Manjaros Arc-themes need a fix.
Adding the following lines in the class-section .sliders{} of gnome-shell.css fixes the missing barlevels in Gnome 3.30:

-barlevel-height: 2px;
-barlevel-background-color: #2b2e39;
-barlevel-border-color: transparent;
-barlevel-active-background-color: #1abc9c;
-barlevel-active-border-color: transparent;
-barlevel-overdrive-color: #FF5252;
-barlevel-overdrive-border-color: transparent;
-barlevel-overdrive-separator-width: 2px;
-barlevel-border-width: 0;

To display the bar-level in white color (to keep it visible) during hover:

change "slider" to "barlevel" in:

.popup-menu-item.selected .slider {
-barlevel-background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2);
-barlevel-active-background-color: #ffffff; }

Instead of removing fsck from mkinitcpio.conf and rebuilding suggest to use following kernel boot parameter


If filesystem check is required use fsck.mode=force

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