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Applications & Desktop Environments / Scroll bar arrows disappeared...
« Last post by avamk on Today at 12:30:34 »
Hello,

I've got a fully updated Manjaro MATE system with the "TraditionalOK" theme for my controls, set from the Appearance Preferences in the Control Panel.

For the past month or so, the up and down arrows on the top and bottom of window scroll bars have disappeared from many programs. This is particularly evident in Firefox and Thunderbird.

This is a huge annoyance because I have a fairly small and low-res display, without the arrows and by dragging the scroll bar the screen jumps to much through a webpage or document.

Why is this happening and how do I fix this? Thanks.
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Kernel & Hardware / Manjaro Settings Manager can't install new kernel
« Last post by avamk on 20. November 2017, 12:50:36 »
Hello,

I've got a fully updated Manjaro MATE system with kernel 4.9.63-1. I tried to use the Manjaro Settings Manager to install the new kernel version 4.14, but after asking for my password it immediately jumps to "done" without actually doing anything...

Here's the full output after I clicked on "Show details":

> The following packages will be installed:
> linux414
> linux414-virtualbox-host-modules
> linux414-ndiswrapper
>
> Starting
>
> Done ...

I tried to install other kernel version with the same problem. How do I fix this? Thanks!
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KDE / Messed up /etc/grub/10_linux_proxy
« Last post by chronix on 15. November 2017, 19:16:52 »
Can someone please share a copy of this file. I was having some issues, and I messed up the file.
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Openbox / Re: Unable to download anything from AUR
« Last post by eugen-b on 15. November 2017, 18:23:26 »
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/epsxe.git
cd epsxe
nano PKGBUILD #if you want
makepkg -sri
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Openbox / Unable to download anything from AUR
« Last post by Bluedramon on 01. November 2017, 01:21:51 »
Earlier today, I was attempting to install some browser plugins for Vivaldi, a browser I was trying out. The install failed so I tried to install something else. This time, I was greeted by an error message stating that the package could not be found in Yaourt. I thought it was a fluke at first, but every package does this.

Here is an example:

Quote
[kacie@manjaro ~]$ yaourt epsxe
1 aur/bin32-epsxe 2.0.5-5 (0) (0.00)
    Enhanced PSX emulator (32-bit)
2 aur/epsxe 2.0.5-22 [installed: 2.0.5-19] (203) (1.42)
    Enhanced PSX emulator (64-bit)
3 aur/epsxe-plugin-gpu-mesagl 1.78-4 (91) (0.34)
    Accelerated MesaGL plugin
4 aur/epsxe-plugin-gpu-soft 1.18-2 (31) (0.29)
    Software GPU Plugin
5 aur/epsxe-plugin-gpu-xgl2 2.9-6 (100) (0.20)
    Linux port of the OpenGL2 plugin
6 aur/epsxe-plugin-padjoy 0.82-3 (76) (0.20)
    Joy-device plugin
7 aur/epsxe-plugin-spu-alsa 1.9-5 (101) (1.16)
    OSS/Alsa SPU plugin
8 aur/epsxe-plugin-spu-eternal 1.41-2 (7) (0.00)
    Epsxe Eternal SPU plugin
==> Enter n° of packages to be installed (e.g., 1 2 3 or 1-3)
==> ---------------------------------------------------------
==> 2


==> Downloading epsxe PKGBUILD from AUR...
(23) Failed writing body
==> ERROR: epsxe not found in AUR.
[kacie@manjaro ~]$



Also when using Yaourt to find something that has a lot of package results, everything but the most recent screen becomes blackened out as if there was no text at all.

I am unsure of what the issue might be. Is there anything that I can do to fix this?
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I can't slide the slider bar in sound settings to allow for notification sounds.  The bar keeps popping back to mute.  Would appreciate any information on how to solve this problem.  Thanks in advance.
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Newbie Corner / system-generators terminated by signal ALARM. [97.7200
« Last post by cyjo on 26. October 2017, 14:54:19 »
Hi,
Surprising problem just came up, thought it was a Kernel problem, so backed my way down the upgrades to find a safe one, it did not help,
but it did get me back on line until I tried to start again.
used the red dot upgrade, but it locked up at the reboot, saying "[94.390047] Systemd [1]: system-generators terminated by signal ALARM.
[97.720016] systemd [1] Execution failed: protocol error.
I do hope that it is not me being dim?
Kind regards,
cyjo

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Hello all, many thanks for your proposals, working my way through them.
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Package Management / lib32-gcc-libs circular dependency problem
« Last post by avamk on 10. October 2017, 17:57:21 »
Hello,

Right now I've got three updates to my otherwise-fully-updated Manjaro system that won't install due to dependency errors (see attached screenshot or here), they are: gcc-multilib, gcc-libs-multilib, and lib32-gcc-libs.

Whenever I try to install one of them, it says that doing so will break the dependency for another one of the three.

How do I troubleshoot and fix this? Thanks!
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I've had to work with it quite extensively for a friend who was in the same boat (minus the auto-building of playlists?).

===Remove DRM===

To play your M4V files on linux, you'll need to remove the DRM beforehand. TunesKit did exactly what I needed, but it costs money and
only runs on Windows (and maybe Mac).
TunesKit: http://www.tuneskit.com/

There are other DRM removal solutions (for example: http://www.m4vgear.com/topic/top-3-free-drm-removal-software-review.html ).
I did not try those, but some look free.


===iTunes Alternatives===

RhythmBox
sudo pacman -S rhythmbox
-Actively developed
-Many plugins to tie into different services (soundcloud, last.fm, magnatune store, grilo and misc, etc)

Amarok
sudo pacman -S amarok
-Actively developed
-Many plugins to tie into different services (ampache, gpodder.net, jamendo, magnatune store, amazon mp3 store, mp3tunes, various podcasts )

Banshee
sudo pacman -S yaourt; yaourt -S banshee
-No longer actively developed
-Many plugins to tie into different services (last.fm, amazon mp3 store, emusic, internet archive, etc )

Spotify
sudo pacman -S yaourt; yaourt -S spotify
-Not really an "alternative" to iTunes, but an alternative to how you get your music and worth the mention

===iPod Support===

Depending on the generation of iPod you have, you might be able to sync directly to it using iTunes alternatives listed above.
Best thing you can do is try and see if they work. Apple changed the database encryption with the latest versions of iPod, and
open source devs have not been able to reverse-engineer it, nor crack it as of yet (it's been a few years).

I tried a 7th gen iPod nano. While those native music library applications detect the music on them, they cannot make changes to the contents.
(You can try, and it might say "success", but when you unplug it and re-plug it the changes don't stick).

If they do not work. you can use virtualbox (and a windows VM) to continue to use iTunes to sync media to your iPods. Virtual windows 10
with virtualbox guest additions installed can play videos in iTunes. Windows 7...not so much. I have not tried virtual Mac

===iPod Alternatives===
If your iPods do not work with native applications, I highly recommend getting a generic MP3 player. These usually use basic flash
storage and are compatible with basically anything. Many can even be expanded with additional or larger microSD cards.

Non-apple mp3 player search: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mp3+player


I recently got this one: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B074L6GX5L
It works quite well for what I need (music, videos, radio, text files, etc), and is quite sleek.

You can ensure the media device is detected as a media device by creating a text file named ".is_audio_player" in root of device
with following contents: "audio_folders=mp3/" (without quotes).

While in most cases you don't need anything more than that in the ".is_audio_player" file, you can find additional tweaks here:
https://almost-a-technocrat.blogspot.com/2010/11/isaudioplayer.html


===iTunes via WINE===

You can also install iTunes via WINE. However, you cannot yet manage external USB devices through it (it won't detect the iPods).
The iTunes store is currently working (2017 10 26). It may cease if connection protocol changes again.
https://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=42180

Playing videos *does* work, but when I tested it there was an audio lag of about 2 seconds.

sudo pacman -S wine-staging wine-mono wine_gecko winetricks
WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine_itunes WINEARCH=win32 winetricks -q allfonts vcrun2013 gdiplus
WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine_itunes winetricks settings csmt=on
WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine_itunes wine reg add "HKCU\Software\Wine\X11 Driver" /v ClientSideWithRender /d N

Then run the latest installer of iTunes (32 bit) with:
WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine_itunes wine iTunesSetup.exe



All in all, If you intend to use Linux has your primary OS, I highly recommend removing the DRM from all your iTunes media, getting a generic MP3 player (if you need to), and ditching
iTunes entirely. I've been using Rhythmbox and VLC for all my media needs on linux for quite some time.
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