Classic Menu: 'Applications' dropdown is empty

In the Add to Panel dialog this menu is listed as Classic Menu. Just started happening with latest update/upgrade.

The 'Applications' item drops down as empty. A narrow gray strip. The position on the panel makes no difference.

Here is a complete list of apt list --installed | grep menu | grep mate

gir1.2-matemenu-2.0/focal,now 1.24.0-1 amd64 [installed,automatic]
libmate-menu2/focal,now 1.24.0-1 amd64 [installed,automatic]
mate-applet-appmenu/focal,now 0.7.3+dfsg1-2 amd64 [installed]
mate-applet-brisk-menu/focal,now 0.6.0-1ubuntu1 amd64 [installed]
mate-menu/focal,focal,now 20.04.3-0ubuntu1 all [installed]
mate-menus/focal,focal,now 1.24.0-1 all [installed]
mate-window-menu-applet/focal,now 20.04.0-1 amd64 [installed]

Hi :slight_smile:

Did you try to left click and edit menu and select some items to see if its helping ?


In the menu editor the Applications item is empty.

I suggest you to reinstall it.

It should be matching .desktop files inside /usr/share/applications/

Did you done some changes that may change permissions in /usr/share/applications/ ?

I found a similar situation here :
but they didn't end up with something working

Good suggestion, thank you. Yes I will re-install.

Any idea which of the various mate-menu packages I need to install to overwrite the errors?

For me its this one, but i think it include also the one looking like w7.
Let's try, it should not mess up something.

One the panel.add_to_panel, the 'Brisk Menu' is another menu. A single top level menu. The menu I prefer is the 'Applications Places System' menu.