Yes this was directly caused by the latest updates to mesa git. Specifically libdrm-git-6433.1e3fcc49 and mesa-git-104860.18a6e426f3 as some other users reported elsewhere.
The Problem is the GPU here…
That is 3 years old. And no longer the case. There are still some issues but most are solved by newer packages. Performance wise only vega beats it. Stability wise I’ll give a slight nod to hawaii, r9 290/390.
Why use mesa-git from AUR instead of the official mesa?
It is generally a bad idea to replace official packages with AUR packages, as AUR packages are not officially supported.
I understand. But official packages sometimes move to slowly. I wanted the increased compatibility profiles and didn’t want to wait for 18.2 to make it into official packages which just happened a few days ago.
Also Polaris and Fiji cards have several issues with shader compilation on llvm 6. All those issues go away on llvm 7 which i’ve been able to use for the last year via llvm-svn and still isn’t in official packages unless something just recently changed. And the easiest way for the last year to get llvm 7, now 8, is to use mesa-git which installs it as a dependency.
Anyway this is solved. Sorry I jumped the gun in asking for help here. Use bleeding edge software get bleeding edge bugs.
Just updated tonight and got a message saying to restart. Upon restarting I get a black screen with a blinking “_” in the top left corner. I am unable to access a terminal once this happens. I can spam ctrl+alt+f2 while it’s booting and sometimes get to a terminal. Everything had been working perfectly for the last 4 or so months. I tried some gdm and lightdm stopping and started that I found on the internet but nothing changes.