I used Emerge to install Totem over night in Gnome and i got up this morning and Applications menu fails to display anything,
Actions works fine and added a Main Gnome Menu to the bar (but applications still doesnt display anything there either)
Reboot didnt help and update-menus does not exist
I checked /etc/xdg/menus/applications.menu
and it still contains XML (though i wouldnt know if it is written wrong.
Linux localhost.localdomain 2.6.9-vidalinux1 #1 Wed Dec 15 17:51:35 EST 2004 i686 AMD Duron(tm) Processor AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux