• KDE fully broken after today's update


    10 minutes ago I applied just another antergos update (92 packages were updated).

    Right after update, file manager couldn’t open any directory (KIO error, IIRC), so I rebooted. And now, all I see after boot is desktop wallpaper and black bar where task manager is supposed to be. If i try to run any app, it opens a black screen with pre-boot messages. Rebooted multiple times, rebooted into LTS kernel, still the same.

    Can’t even use system because it displays nothing but black screen with errors. No matter what app I launch.

    This is how desktop looks after fresh booting and trying to open 3 apps - https://i.postimg.cc/7YwBQm6b/DSC-0183.jpg

  • How often do you update your systems, because it is better to do them more frequently. There was a problem with the KDE update not so long ago and some users had a similar error, they downgraded the system and later did the upgrade again and things were solved. Afterwards try to upgrade in groups, for instance start with the system and Linux updates and then update the KDE group. Anyway the thing that helped me in the past with a broken system is this page, I admit it is a lot of work, if you don’t have downgrade installed or it doesn’t work.

    To avoid problems in the future, install timeshift, make snapshot backups daily and when your system doesn’t boot, just boot the live iso, download timeshift from the AUR and you can revert back from the live image.

    Also isit possible to post a better picture, so we can read the error message?

  • Since pacman doesn’t respect update intervals ( https://forum.antergos.com/topic/11091/force-updates-manager-to-respect-update-settings/2 ), my last update was performed 5 hours ago. It was OK.

    So far, I know the problem isn’t caused by kernel (because the same happens using LTS kernel, and I also used pacman to downgrade 4.19.8 kernel to 4.19.4 without success).

    Messages in screen are actually pre-boot messages, like “Enter password for ENCRYPTED_DRIVE_NAME” and some BIOS-like warnings that are often displayed before actual boot. The purpose of screen is to demonstrate that GUI is absolutely unusable after update.

    Good news is that I can start non-GUI desktop session with CTRL+ALT+F2 (because running console in GUI displays just a black screen). I tried to downgrade some plasma packages this way, but no success. It looks my only way is to downgrade all 92 packages from pacman cache. Any idea how to automate it? Typing it one after one doesn’t sound very cool…

  • I’m sorry no, I remember searching the web before, but this was the best solution I’ve found back then.

  • How to restore all packages to a specific date:

    To restore all packages to their version at a specific date, let’s say 30 March 2014, you have to direct pacman to this date, by editing your /etc/pacman.conf and use the following server directive:

    [core]
    SigLevel = PackageRequired
    Server=https://archive.archlinux.org/repos/2014/03/30/$repo/os/$arch
    
    [extra]
    SigLevel = PackageRequired
    Server=https://archive.archlinux.org/repos/2014/03/30/$repo/os/$arch
    
    [community]
    SigLevel = PackageRequired
    Server=https://archive.archlinux.org/repos/2014/03/30/$repo/os/$arch
    

    or by replacing your /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist with the following content:

    ##                                                                              
    ## Arch Linux repository mirrorlist                                             
    ## Generated on 2042-01-01                                                      
    ##
    Server=https://archive.archlinux.org/repos/2014/03/30/$repo/os/$arch
    

    Then update the database and force downgrade:

    sudo pacman -Syyuu
    

    but can cause problems with antergos repo ;=)

  • Thank you both! I followed another sub-article suggested by @Bryanpwo ( https://www.ostechnix.com/downgrade-packages-specific-date-arch-linux/ ), and it worked! My GUI is running fine now.

    I’ll try to slowly update packages now to see which one caused this issue.

  • @joekamprad
    Thanks for the info, when I had this problem in the past someone told me this wasn’t possible if downgrade wasn’t installed, hence the intensive workaround.

    @toxpal
    Great to hear you have a running system again.

  • F*** this s***… Just got a call from wife because her work laptop is dead. She did last system update yesterday and it worked perfectly, and today she also received the same 90+ packages update.

    Now her laptop boots, error message “Could not start kdeinit5” is displayed, and OS displays initial login window. After correct username/password is entered, OS displays black screen for a few seconds, and then it starts over and over again - error message “Could not start kdeinit5”, login window, correct username/password, and black screen again…

    She uses LightDM and I use SDDM, so it looks the same problem exists on both systems, but looks slightly different because of desktop manager in use.

  • @toxpal amd cpu?

    Do you have LTS Kernel installed, to see if this may is related to kernel?

    I have no issue on my arch-kde install…

  • So just for the sake of interest, performed full today’s update on my 3rd system. Symptoms are the same as on wife’s laptop - “Could not start kdeinit5” popup and black screen.

    All my systems run latest kernel, but also have LTS kernel installed. No matter which kernel I boot, the problem exists (as per my 1st post). All systems have intel CPUs (Core2Duo E8400, i5 8400, and i5 Mobile on laptop).

    And, according to messages that just started appearing on Arch forums, I’m not the only who has exactly the same problem.

  • @joekamprad said in KDE fully broken after today's update:

    I have no issue on my arch-kde install…

    Did you perform today’s big update (~90 packages) already? Like I said, I performed a small update earlier today (4 packages or so), turned off PC for a few hours, and once I turned it on again, updates manager found 90+ updates. And these made a mess on 3 systems of mine.

  • @toxpal Curious … I live dangerously and update almost daily, sometimes multiple times a day.
    In short I’ve applied today’s large update on two boxes, desktop Core i5 (Lynnefield) and Core i3 laptop (Asus X502CA) without any issues.

  • Well, it’s good to hear today’s update doesn’t affect all systems. Thankfully(?), it looks I’m not the only one, so hopefully Arch team will fix this issue soon.

  • @toxpal
    After your second post I got curious and started up my KDE machine and I got the same error after install.

  • pacman -Qs kde
    local/antergos-kde-meta 1.1-1
        Meta package for Antergos KDE Plasma
    local/ark 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdeutils)
        Archiving Tool
    local/dolphin 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdebase)
        KDE File Manager
    local/dolphin-plugins 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdesdk)
        Extra Dolphin plugins
    local/ffmpegthumbs 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdemultimedia)
        FFmpeg-based thumbnail creator for video files
    local/frameworkintegration 5.53.0-1 (kf5)
        Framework providing components to allow applications to integrate with a KDE Workspace
    local/gwenview 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdegraphics)
        A fast and easy to use image viewer
    local/k3b 1:18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdemultimedia)
        Feature-rich and easy to handle CD burning application
    local/kaccounts-integration 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdenetwork)
        Small system to administer web accounts for the sites and services across the KDE desktop, including: Google, Facebook, Owncloud, IMAP, Jabber and others
    local/kactivities 5.53.0-1 (kf5)
        Core components for the KDE's Activities
    local/kate 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdebase)
        Advanced Text Editor
    local/kcalc 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdeutils)
        Scientific Calculator
    local/kcontacts 18.08.3-1
        Address book API for KDE
    local/kde-cli-tools 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Tools based on KDE Frameworks 5 to better interact with the system
    local/kde-gtk-config 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        GTK2 and GTK3 Configurator for KDE
    local/kde-servicemenus-rootactions 2.9.1-1
        Allows admin users to perform several root only actions from dolphin via kdesu/kdesudo
    local/kdeclarative 5.53.0-1 (kf5)
        Provides integration of QML and KDE Frameworks
    local/kdeconnect 1.3.3-1
        Adds communication between KDE and your smartphone
    local/kdecoration 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Plugin based library to create window decorations
    local/kded 5.53.0-1 (kf5)
        Extensible deamon for providing system level services
    local/kdegraphics-thumbnailers 18.08.3-1
        Thumbnailers for various graphics file formats
    local/kdelibs4support 5.53.0-1 (kf5-aids)
        Porting aid from KDELibs4
    local/kdesu 5.53.0-1 (kf5)
        Integration with su for elevated privileges
    local/kdialog 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdebase)
        A utility for displaying dialog boxes from shell scripts
    local/kfaenza-icon-theme 0.8.9-5
        Faenza icon theme for KDE4
    local/kfind 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdebase)
        Find Files/Folders
    local/khelpcenter 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdebase)
        Application to show KDE Applications' documentation
    local/kholidays 1:5.53.0-1 (kf5)
        KDE library for regional holiday information
    local/kidentitymanagement 18.08.3-1
        KDE PIM libraries
    local/kinit 5.53.0-1 (kf5)
        Process launcher to speed up launching KDE applications
    local/kio-extras 18.08.3-2 (kde-applications kdenetwork)
        Additional components to increase the functionality of KIO
    local/kipi-plugins 5.9.0-3
        A collection of plugins extending the KDE graphics and image applications as digiKam
    local/kmenuedit 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE menu editor
    local/konsole 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdebase)
        KDE's terminal emulator
    local/kopete 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdenetwork)
        Instant Messenger
    local/kscreen 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE's screen management software
    local/kwalletmanager 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdeutils)
        Wallet management tool
    local/kwayland-integration 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Provides integration plugins for various KDE frameworks for the wayland windowing system
    local/kwrited 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE daemon listening for wall and write messages
    local/libappindicator-gtk3 12.10.0-13
        Allow applications to extend a menu via Ayatana indicators in Unity, KDE or Systray (GTK+ 3 library)
    local/libblockdev 2.20-1
        A library for manipulating block devices
    local/libkcddb 18.08.3-1
        KDE CDDB library
    local/libkipi 18.08.3-1
        An interface to use kipi-plugins from a KDE application
    local/libkleo 18.08.3-1
        KDE PIM cryptographic library
    local/libkscreen 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE screen management software
    local/okular 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdegraphics)
        Document Viewer
    local/oxygen 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE Oxygen style
    local/pamac-tray-appindicator 6.4.0-1
        Tray icon using appindicator for improved KDE support.
    local/phonon-qt5 4.10.1-3
        The multimedia framework by KDE
    local/plasma-desktop 5.14.4-2 (plasma)
        KDE Plasma Desktop
    local/plasma-workspace 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE Plasma Workspace
    local/polkit-kde-agent 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Daemon providing a polkit authentication UI for KDE
    local/qtcurve-gtk2 1:1.9-1 (qtcurve)
        A configurable set of widget styles for KDE and Gtk
    local/qtcurve-kde 1:1.9-1 (qtcurve)
        A configurable set of widget styles for Qt5 (with KDE integration)
    local/qtcurve-utils 1:1.9-1 (qtcurve)
        A configurable set of widget styles for KDE and Gtk (shared libraries)
    local/signon-kwallet-extension 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdenetwork)
        KWallet integration for signon framework
    local/spectacle 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdegraphics)
        KDE screenshot capture utility
    local/sweeper 18.08.3-1 (kde-applications kdeutils)
        System Cleaner
    local/systemsettings 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE system manager for hardware, software, and workspaces
    
    pacman -Qs plasma
    local/antergos-kde-meta 1.1-1
        Meta package for Antergos KDE Plasma
    local/breeze 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Artwork, styles and assets for the Breeze visual style for the Plasma Desktop
    local/breeze-gtk 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Breeze widget theme for GTK 2 and 3
    local/kactivitymanagerd 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        System service to manage user's activities and track the usage patterns
    local/kde-cli-tools 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Tools based on KDE Frameworks 5 to better interact with the system
    local/kde-gtk-config 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        GTK2 and GTK3 Configurator for KDE
    local/kdecoration 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Plugin based library to create window decorations
    local/khotkeys 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KHotKeys
    local/kinfocenter 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        A utility that provides information about a computer system
    local/kmenuedit 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE menu editor
    local/knetattach 5.14.4-2 (plasma)
        Wizard which makes it easier to integrate network resources with the Plasma Desktop
    local/kscreen 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE's screen management software
    local/kscreenlocker 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Library and components for secure lock screen architecture
    local/ksshaskpass 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        ssh-add helper that uses kwallet and kpassworddialog
    local/ksysguard 5.14.4-2 (plasma)
        Track and control the processes running in your system
    local/kwallet-pam 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KWallet PAM integration
    local/kwayland-integration 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Provides integration plugins for various KDE frameworks for the wayland windowing system
    local/kwin 5.14.4-2 (plasma)
        An easy to use, but flexible, composited Window Manager
    local/kwrited 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE daemon listening for wall and write messages
    local/libkscreen 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE screen management software
    local/libksysguard 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Libraries for ksysguard
    local/milou 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        A dedicated search application built on top of Baloo
    local/oxygen 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE Oxygen style
    local/plasma-desktop 5.14.4-2 (plasma)
        KDE Plasma Desktop
    local/plasma-framework 5.53.0-1 (kf5)
        Plasma library and runtime components based upon KF5 and Qt5
    local/plasma-integration 5.14.4-2 (plasma)
        Qt Platform Theme integration plugins for the Plasma workspaces
    local/plasma-nm 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Plasma applet written in QML for managing network connections
    local/plasma-pa 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Plasma applet for audio volume management using PulseAudio
    local/plasma-workspace 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE Plasma Workspace
    local/plasma-workspace-wallpapers 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Additional wallpapers for the Plasma Workspace
    local/polkit-kde-agent 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Daemon providing a polkit authentication UI for KDE
    local/powerdevil 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        Manages the power consumption settings of a Plasma Shell
    local/systemsettings 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        KDE system manager for hardware, software, and workspaces
    local/user-manager 5.14.4-1 (plasma)
        A simple system settings module to manage the users of your system
    
  • So it looks the problem affects a small number of users, but it does really exist, and is slightly different on each system. Found some other posts where people experience desktop manager/screen problems after upgrade:

    https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=242575
    https://www.reddit.com/r/archlinux/comments/a4taf1/problems_updating_to_419y_kernel/

    I guess waiting for new versions is the only option…

  • So I waited in hope that some hotfix was released, and upgraded my system to the latest packages a minute ago. After upgrade and reboot problem comes back - black and flickering screen, no way to use any program.

    So I downgraded again… Any suggestions what to look for? Keeping the system stuck in December 2018 for many upcoming years ins’t really an option…

  • Clutching at straws here, but try creating a new user, update to the latest, then login as the new user.
    If that works, then try reviving the original user by moving .local, .config and .kde to a location other than ~. You can selectively copy stuff that you need for apps back to .local, .config.
    You are likely to lose some settings though.

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