rsync package was shipped with bundled
zlib to provide compatibility
with the old-style
--compress option up to version 3.1.0. Version 3.1.1 was
released on 2014-06-22 and is shipped by all major distributions now.
So we decided to finally drop the bundled library and ship a package with
zlib. This also fixes security issues, actual ones and in future. Go
and blame those running old versions if you encounter errors with
As announced on the mailing list, on Friday, Dec 27 2019, our package compression scheme has changed from xz (.pkg.tar.xz) to zstd (.pkg.tar.zst).
zstd and xz trade blows in their compression ratio. Recompressing all packages to zstd with our options yields a total ~0.8% increase in package size on all of our packages combined, but the decompression time for all packages saw a ~1300% speedup.
We already have more than 545 zstd-compressed packages in our repositories, and as packages get updated more will keep rolling in. We have not found any user-facing issues as of yet, so things …
In the process of Xorg cleanup the update requires manual
intervention when you hit this message:
:: installing xorgproto (2019.2-2) breaks dependency 'inputproto' required by lib32-libxi
:: installing xorgproto (2019.2-2) breaks dependency 'dmxproto' required by libdmx
:: installing xorgproto (2019.2-2) breaks dependency 'xf86dgaproto' required by libxxf86dga
:: installing xorgproto (2019.2-2) breaks dependency 'xf86miscproto' required by libxxf86misc
when updating, use:
pacman -Rdd libdmx libxxf86dga libxxf86misc && pacman -Syu to perform the upgrade.
The primus_vk package prior to version 1.3-1 was missing some soname links. This has been fixed in 1.3-1 so the upgrade will need to overwrite the untracked soname links. If you get an error like:
primus_vk: /usr/lib/libnv_vulkan_wrapper.so.1 exists in filesystem
primus_vk: /usr/lib/libprimus_vk.so.1 exists in filesystem
when updating, use:
pacman -Syu --overwrite=/usr/lib/libnv_vulkan_wrapper.so.1,/usr/lib/libprimus_vk.so.1
to perform the upgrade.
All our official kernels: linux, linux-lts, linux-zen and linux-hardened, do not install the actual kernel to /boot anymore.
The installation is done by mkinitcpio hooks and scripts, as well as removals. There is no need for any manual intervention.
The intention is to make the kernel packages more self-contained, as well as making the boot process more flexible, while also keeping it backwards compatible.
As of now, only mkinitcpio has hooks for handling kernels installations and removals. We do not ship any for dracut yet, but it will have similar hooks in the near future.