Fixing Ollama Installation on Manjaro + NVIDIA

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The current Ollama version in Arch is outdated (0.1.44 vs 0.2.1 latest). The official install script doesn’t support some Manjaro configurations, but don’t worry—I’ve got the fix!

The Problem 🤔

When I tried running the install script, I got hit with this:

curl -fsSL | sh
# sh: line 252: VERSION_ID: unbound variable

This cryptic error just means you’re missing those NVIDIA drivers, and Ollama can’t sort that out for you.

Step-by-Step Fix 🏌️

step 1: find your linux kernel verion:

uname -r
# 6.9.5-1-MANJARO
pamac search “linux.*header”
# linux69-headers 6.9.5-1 [Installed]

step 2 install everything you need

pamac install nvidia nvidia-utils cuda linux69-headers

step 3 you might want to restart your Linux just to be on the safe side

step 4 Now, run the install script again:

curl -fsSL | sh
# ollama successfully installs on your Manjaro system!

🏆 Boom! Done!

Troubleshooting 🕵️‍♂️

Here’s how you can check the successful installation:

1) Run nvidia-smi and your video card should show up.
2) Make sure that your video card and its device ID are in the OLLAMA’s logs

journalctl -u ollama | grep “id=.*NVIDIA”
# ollama[2174]: […] id=GPU-3a31a7cb-e46b-458c-9a92-ea9708b0c7fa library=cuda compute=8.9 driver=12.4 name=”NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU” total=”15.7 GiB” available=”15.5 GiB”

Quick Note for Wayland + GNOME Users

Even after I installed drivers, my Wayland still uses integrated video graphics.