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I recently installed Matlab R2013a and it is working fine, however the only way I can start it is by running /usr/local/MATLAB/R2013a/bin/matlab in the terminal. If I type in matlab it says command not found, and I can't seem to get an icon in the side-bar launcher. How can I make it so I can run from the command matlab or from a launcher?

Edit: I have created a link so I can launch it by typing matlab in the terminal. I still can't get the unity icon launcher working though. I managed to create an icon via a matlab.desktop file in /usr/share/applications. When I click it, it launches Matlab, but after the initial loading screen Matlab shuts down instead of launching the application. It works through the terminal though. My matlab.desktop file is:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=Matlab
Comment=Matlab R2013a
Icon=/usr/share/icons/Matlab.png
Exec=/usr/local/MATLAB/R2013a/bin/matlab
Categories=Office
Terminal=false`
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Create a symbolic link in /usr/local/bin, i.e. as su

ln -s /usr/local/MATLAB/R2013a/bin/matlab /usr/local/bin/matlab

Once MATLAB is running, an icon should appear in the launcher toolbar. Right click it and lock it to the launcher.

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That works so I can run it by typing matlab in the terminal. However, the lock to launcher is not working. Is there a way to make it show up when I search matlab in the unity launcher or so that I can have a desktop icon for it? –  Isaac Vandermeulen Jan 8 at 3:52
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