[Testing Update] 2020-06-23 - Kernel, KDE-git, Cinnamon, Firefox, Pamac, Plasma, Deepin

Hello community,

Another testing branch update with some interesting updates for you!

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  • Most of the Kernels got updated
  • Some Cinnamon and Deepin updates
  • KDE Frameworks and Plasma5 for git-releases got updated
  • Plasma5 got updated some more fixes for 5.19.1
  • Pamac got some fixes and updated to 9.5.6
  • The usual upstream updates including Haskell and Python by Arch

If you like following latest Plasma development you may also like to check out our current version of manjaro-kde-dev, which we build on a regular basis against kde-git master packages. Also check out our latest release Manjaro Lysia 20.0.3! XFCE, KDE and Gnome

Upstream notice

Arch updated their default compression to zstd. We adopted to the same standard. More and more packages will have the zst extension from now on. If you get for what ever reason an error with ZSTD not supported as archive format you can do this:

sudo pacman -Syy
sudo pacman -S pacman-static
sudo pacman-static -Syyu

Our current supported kernels

  • linux44 4.4.228
  • linux49 4.9.228
  • linux414 4.14.185
  • linux419 4.19.129
  • linux54 5.4.48
  • linux56 5.6.19
  • linux57 5.7.5
  • linux54-rt 5.4.44_rt27
  • linux56-rt 5.6.17_rt9

Package Changes (Tue Jun 23 06:34:13 CEST 2020)

  • testing community x86_64: 791 new and 771 removed package(s)
  • testing core x86_64: 36 new and 36 removed package(s)
  • testing extra x86_64: 268 new and 252 removed package(s)
  • testing multilib x86_64: 14 new and 13 removed package(s)

A detailed list of all 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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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

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.

Older issues

Thunderbird might throw an error of older version available.

Use $ thunderbird --allow-downgrade from a terminal to fix it.

HP Device Manager

Pamac stuck at "Preparing..."

Users have reported issues with the recent release candidate of Pamac 9.4.0 when initiating transactions, being stuck at "Preparing..." without being able to cancel the transaction and quit Pamac normally.

For now, it is recommended to use pacman to do package management until this issue is solved and Pamac become usable again. Please test out upcoming updates for Pamac to see if the issue becomes solved or not.

If you are stuck in "Preparing...", you will have to manually kill the pamac-managerprocess.

Reported on Gitlab:

Upgrading firewalld package to 0.8.1-2 requires manual intervention

Please read this announcement if you have file conflicts when trying to upgrade firewalld package to 0.8.1-2.

Firewalld requires manual intervention

khotkeys identified as an orphaned package

You can remove that package, but might loose some functionality with your key-bindings. We made it now optional to be installed.

Weird font glitches (see screenshots below).

If you have weird glitches like below...



... have you tried turning it off and on again?

More seriously, so far, people that reported to have such issue noticed that the problem goes away at next boot.

Installing xorgproto (2019.2-2) breaks dependency of a package

If you run into an issue because of xorgproto please DON'T follow the Arch suggestion as Manjaro uses the xorgproto-transfer package to make this automatic. If you have an issue, please report and wait for an update from us!

AUR Rebuilds required after updating python 3.7 to 3.8

Packages that depend on python from the AUR will need to be rebuilt after everything else has been updated. You can rebuild some of them with the following:

sudo pacman -S --needed --noconfirm expac yay
yay -S --rebuildtree $(pacman -Qmq $(expac %N python))

You can find other packages that need to be rebuilt by looking at the folders/files in


To find out what package owns a folder/file in that, you can use the following:

pacman -Qo folder_or_filename

If no package owns a file, it can probably be ignored.

System Settings and kinfocenter crash when entering Night Color settings randomly

Remove entire [NightColor] section of ~/.config/kwinrc
No solution yet ─ please edit as soon as a workaround is found.

xfce4-power-manager does not open / upower fails

Install kernel 4.14 or higher (4.14, 4.19, 5.2 [EOL], 5.3)

There is an issue with upower 0.99.11-1 on kernels 4.4 and 4.9.

xfce4-terminal / guake / gnome-terminal does not open

Update to vte3 0.58.2-1 or install kernel 4.14 or higher (4.14, 4.19, 5.2 [EOL], 5.3)

There is an issue with vte3 0.58.1-1 on kernels 4.4 and 4.9.

Replace linux52 with community/linux-latest ?

linux52 is EOL and has been removed from the repositories. It will be replaced by a metapackage which will from now on keep you on a maintained kernel.

If you want to keep the old kernel and modules then include them in your pacman.conf's IgnorePkg.

Pamac-Qt is not compatible to 9.0 API of Pamac

Pamac Qt 0.3 pre-RC: Towards the release, needs help in testing


the pkgver 19.10.1 ship with an hook to remove the capability from gnome-shell. A message is present during install but essentially you need to reboot the system to show correctly the icons in the desktop. More info here


Please, do not post images of terminal output, copy+paste and use proper formatting via </> button.


Got the same problem :frowning:

Upon updating all locations for fontconfig turn up as a 404 error, unable to proceed with updating the system

The issue is already fixed. Issue a sudo pacman -Syyu to proceed.

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Ah alright, i guess pamac didnt update it. Thanks

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Yep works now :slight_smile:
Also Firefox 78 RC1 in AUR in 6 minutes

I still need to remove systemd from passwd and group in /etc/nsswitch.conf (as mentioned in the last update ) to avoid errors and minutes long delay on boot.
other than that it seems OK so far :slight_smile:

ttf-dejavu not installed but it seems I've not fontconfig problems
merged the fontconfig.pacnew

One new orphan:

$ pacman -Qdt
python-pytoml 0.1.21-3

$ pacman -Sii python-pytoml | grep "Required By"
Required By     : python-flit

I removed it without any immediate breakage.

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No issues with XFCE and Cinnamon running in separate VM's. Did the updates via TTY.

All good here, just switched yesterday to the testing branch :slight_smile:

Sound still not working on Chromium-based browsers, like I said on the previous post.

no depencies with pactree -r

Strange problem after this update. After reboot, my file manager (Dolphin) and text editor (Kate) now take an absurdly long time to start, around 15-20 seconds. Same thing for the open file dialogs in many apps, including both Qt apps (Vlc) and Gtk apps (Gimp).

The problem seems to be linked to the upower service, which now fails to start. Basically, something in this last update caused my computer to reproduce this not-really-solved issue. First tried downgrading upower to 0.99.11-2, but that didn't work. Also tried the suggested workaround of commenting out the ProtectHome=true attribute in /usr/lib/systemd/system/upower.service but the service still won't start. Anyone have any ideas?

Ok, it looks like I found the culprit after looking more carefully at the system journals. I was using the the AUR package ifuse-git to transfer files to and from an iPhone, and in order to use the git version of that package, I also had to install the git versions of libplist and libimobiledevice. Replacing these with the standard packages in the "extra" repository solved the problem.

Next step: I won't need these git packages anymore if I can convince my girlfriend to swap her iPhone for an old school Nokia. Much more secure... :stuck_out_tongue:


This issue got resolved with this update.

I have opened telegram and since the update the fonts feels a little bit change.. someone has noticed it?
It's the only thing neverthless

I have installed dejavu fonts( something I have not uninstalled before)
Now the telegram fonts feels like before, or at least, better than before.
Attached you had files of how it seens with dejavu and without it. One of them is very awful.
I think dejavu fonts have to be installed by manjaro-system in the stable update..

Screenshot_20200624_025241 Screenshot_20200624_025123

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