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Re: MATE in /usr AND in /usr/local

>I'm interested in tinkering with components of MATE and testing them
>leaving the APT-installed versions alone. I've built and installed the 
>components from the Github repos and installed them to /usr/local/. I 
>can't figure out how to load applets from /usr/local. In particular,
>someone tell me how to use the /usr/local version of the Workspace 
>Switcher instead of /usr/?

You do want to use chroot for that.