By following some online guides and resolving all the listed dependencies, I've managed to install mintmenu onto both Squeeze (gnome 2 / mintmenu 5.2.4) and Wheezy (mate / mintmenu 5.3.2 and 5.3.7).
However, in all instances the search suggestions (Google, wikipedia, dictionary, packages) do not appear at all. I can see how they should work when using the official LMDE but I get a blank panel when trying this on a vanilla Debian install. I've tried to work out what packages are being called by searching for clues, e.g. I can see from the python script that apturl is used for package searching although it seems like even that doesn't appear after installing it.
I've only used the official Debian, Mint and Mate repositories and spent several hours trying to fix this but this Linux newbie is stumped...
what's missing / the unlisted dependency?