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I am trying to install MATLAB and I am running into some issues with the installer program with Ubuntu 13.10.

I get to the screen which tells me to select the directory I wish to install in, I then select next and it tells me the folder does not exist and asks me if I wish to create a new one; if I select to create the folder it gives me the error:

Failed to create folder (/usr/local/MATLAB/R2013b/)

I then tried to create the folder manually; using sudo mkdir /usr/local/MATLAB/ and then sudo mkdir /usr/local/MATLAB/R2013b/, but the installation continues to fail with the same error.

Has anyone encountered and overcome this error before?

Thanks in advance!

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Did you run the MATLAB installer with root privileges? –  Avinash Raj Jan 18 at 15:06
@AvinashRaj I'm not sure, I ran it through the GUI rather than through terminal, so perhaps not? –  Shaktal Jan 18 at 15:07
Try to run the installer via terminal with sudo. –  Avinash Raj Jan 18 at 15:08
@AvinashRaj I can no longer find the installer; do you happen to know where it's usually stored after being downloaded? –  Shaktal Jan 18 at 15:10
@AvinashRaj Thank you very much! –  Shaktal Jan 18 at 15:15
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Try to run the MATLAB installer via terminal using root privileges aka sudo.

  • Go into the MATLAB directory via terminal.

  • Change install file into an executable one by running

    sudo chmod +x install

  • Now run the installer ,

    sudo ./install

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Still it shows /tmp/mathworks_2704/sys/java/jre/glnxa64/jre/bin/java: Permission denied –  binayak dutta Jan 21 at 4:39
if you had any problem with matlab then ask it as a question. –  Avinash Raj Jan 21 at 10:31
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If you are getting Java problem while installing MATLAB that means you extracted MATLAB. I recommend you mount the .iso file in Archive Manager then browse to mount place and run

sudo ./install

This way you won't have this problem.

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