Some of my GNOME shell extensions don't let me configure their features because I receive an error message when I try to open them. The following image is what I see when I try to open the configurations of the "Web Search Dialog" extension:

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The message in the white box is this one:

Error: Requiring Clutter, version none: Typelib file for namespace 'Clutter' (any version) not found

Stack trace:
  @/home/ramuyko/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/[email protected]/utils.js:17:7
  @/home/ramuyko/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/[email protected]/prefs.js:26:7

I think this error is not an isolated problem of the "Web Search Dialog" extension because I receive this same kind of error with other extensions as well (like with the configurations of the "HowDoI" extension). Does anyone know why it happens and if there's an easy workaround to solve this issue?

PS1: I'm using Ubuntu 18.04 with GNOME Shell 3.28.1.

PS2: Although I can't configure its features, the GNOME shell extensions with this kind of error are working fine. The only problem is accessing their configuration.

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I found a solution to this issue on this GitHub page. Basically, the problem is that some of the dependencies of the Clutter library are missing on Ubuntu (mine is 18.04 and the guy on GitHub is using 16.10). Just installing the following packages solves the problem:

sudo apt-get install gir1.2-clutter-1.0 gir1.2-clutter-gst-3.0 gir1.2-gtkclutter-1.0
  • This still applies to 18.10 and likely will to 19.04, thank you!
    – Xerz
    Commented Mar 1, 2019 at 16:32
  • I have a similar issue for a different package, with the difference that it doesn't say (any version) but version 2. The packages you provided didn't solve the problem... what packages would I need to install in this case?
    – Nearoo
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 9:42
  • Applies for 19.10 too Commented Feb 28, 2020 at 8:12

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