The latest and greatest news from the Arch Linux distribution.
  1. Two days ago the wireplumber package was made to replace pipewire-media-session as the latter session manager for PipeWire is considered dead upstream and will see no more releases. Unfortunately, this step was premature.

    Our pipewire audio packages (pipewire-alsa, pipewire-jack and pipewire-pulse) ship configuration that prompt media-session to activate PipeWire's audio features. When these packages are not installed and the configuration is missing, PipeWire can be used for screen recording without interfering with ALSA or PulseAudio.

    WirePlumber disregards this mechanism and always configures PipeWire to grab audio devices, meaning users of PulseAudio or bare ALSA experience broken audio.

    The replacement has been reverted while we attempt to look for a better solution switching to WirePlumber. If you are currently not using PipeWire for audio and wireplumber got installed on your system, please reinstall pipewire-media-session and reboot to restore audio functionality.

    pacman -Syu pipewire-media-session
  2. With the update to qemu 7.0.0 the package has been turned into a more fine grained split package utilizing meta packages.

    • The qemu package is now virtually provided by the meta packages qemu-base, qemu-desktop and qemu-full.
    • The functionality of qemu prior to 7.0.0 is replaced by qemu-desktop
    • The functionality of qemu-headless is replaced by qemu-base
    • The functionality of qemu-arch-extra and qemu-headless-arch-extra is replaced by qemu-emulators-full
    • The meta package qemu-full provides all QEMU related packages (excluding qemu-guest-agent)
  3. The keycloak package prior to version 17.0.1-2 was running with WildFly server. Since upstream officially moved to Quarkus distribution, Arch Linux follows this approach. This means some manual intervention is required for the upgrade.

    The configuration needs to be adjusted from the old .xml format to the new /etc/keycloak/keycloak.conf.

    Prior to the upgrade, stop the keycloak service, upgrade the package and migrate the configuration before starting:

    systemctl stop keycloak.service
    pacman -Syu keycloak
    # migrate configuration /etc/keycloak/keycloak.conf
    systemctl start keycloak.service

    See Keycloak migration docs and Keycloak Quarkus server docs

  4. This month we held our leader election, and our current leader Levente Polyák ran unopposed. As per our election rules he is re-elected for a new term.

    Congratulations to Levente Polyak on a new term!

  5. We are very happy to announce that debug packages are now available in Arch Linux.

    Debug symbols and source listing are provided through our debuginfod instance which can be utilized by debuggers such as gdb and delve.


    A couple of sponsored mirrors are providing the debug repositories while we figure out and communicate the new mirror requirements.

    Not all packages provide debug packages as enabling it for all packages is an ongoing effort.

    For more information, please visit the Debuginfod wiki article, and also our newly renovated Debugging/Getting traces article.

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