Advanced MATE menu does not show applications menu since upgrade

Hi everybody!

Since I've upgraded Ubuntu to 22.10 kinetic (studio edition), the applications menu in the advanced MATE menu is empty. The simple MATE menu still does work properly.

In the file ~/.config/menus/ there is the line:
<MergeFile type="parent">/etc/xdg/menus/</MergeFile>

When I copy the basic content of the merged file replacing the line above, it works again.

I did not find any way to get the Ubutu/MATE way of merging the file to work. I'm afraid hardcoding the config file within the user's home folder could confuse with updates or newly installed applications.

Is this a general bug or has something gone wrong with my recent Ubuntu upgrade? How to fix this issue?

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