Hello everyone, so recently I was using Cinnamon on openSUSE 13.2 and while trying to install extensions the message “There was a problem loading the selected item and it has been disabled” kept popping up, not allowing me to install the damn extensions. After doing some research, I found what was making the extensions not work, and it was that there is a configuration file in each of these extensions which has a Cinnamon version number which does not match the installation’s one. Here its how to fix it:
Open your terminal by pressing CTRL + ALT + T or by looking for it in your applications launcher.
Move to the folder where the configuration of the desired extensions by doing “cd ~/.local/share/cinnamon/extensions/[extension name]” replacing “[extension name]” with the actual name of the extension.
Note: If you don’t know the names of your extensions, you can always do “ls ~/.local/share/cinnamon/extensions” and see the names of your extensions, from there you can just copy and paste them into the above command.
Edit the file called “metadata.json” by typing “sudo nano metadata.json” (Note: if it says that nano is not installed or something of that sort, you can install it by doing “sudo apt-get install nano” on Ubuntu, Mint and Debian, or “sudo zypper install nano” for openSUSE). You will see something like this:
Add “2.4” to the line that says “Cinnamon-version”, like so:
Press “CRTL + X” and then type “yes” and the file should save. Your extensions should work now.
Note: Keep in mind that you might have to do this for all your extensions because most of them suffer from this problem, as you can see, it is a problem of not properly updating the extensions when a new version of cinnamon comes out.
That’s pretty much it, I hope that I was able to help you fix this very annoying problem, and if I was not, then let me know in the comments and I’ll be glad to change anything in this tutorial or if I missed something also let me know.
Note: This post was posted on my old website on December 23, 2014. To view the original post, click this link.