I am trying to install MATLAB R2010b to Ubuntu 12.04. I have the ISO file. First I copied it to my PC and then extracted it. Now it seems like I should run the install script. But I could not do that.

Here is the beginning of the install script to give you an opinion if it is not a script and I am doing something wrong:

# Name:
#    install -  script file for invoking the Multi-platform installer on Linux.
#    Usage: install [-h|help]"
#                              [-javadir <directory>] | [-root <directory>] |"
#                              [-test] | [-v|-verbose]"
#                              -h|-help        - Display arguments."
#                              -test           - Don't actually run the java
#                                                command (only useful with -v)."
#                              -v|-verbose     - Display settings."
#                              -javadir <directory>       - Override default java     root directory."
#                              -root <directory>          - Override default DVD root directory."
#              The default settings when no override inputs are supplied are: "
#              -root = <directory containing this script>/../"
#              -javadir = <root>/java/jre/$ARCH/jre'
# Copyright 2009-2010 The MathWorks, Inc.

How can I run this script? I tried to rename it as install.sh and then tried

 $ ./install.sh

from the command window but I got the following error:

root@ghostrider:/home/zero/Downloads/R2010b_UNIX# ./install.sh 
Preparing installation files ...
Installing ...
./install.sh: line 562: /tmp/mathworks_7799/java/jre/glnx86/jre/bin/java: Permission     denied

Am I doing something wrong? Could you please help me?


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    Do not extract the ISO. It is a CD image, you will need to mount it. Then you can run the installer script. – Martin Ueding Sep 27 '12 at 10:34
  • @queueoverflow you are right! Installation started now. Thank you so much. – Amadeus Bachmann Sep 27 '12 at 10:49
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    @queueoverflow - you should move that comment down as an answer – RobotHumans Sep 27 '12 at 11:56
  • @aking1012: Too late :-) – Martin Ueding Sep 28 '12 at 10:14

You need to mount an ISO and then install it according to the set up instructions:


Assuming that image is named R2015b_glnxa64.iso, simply mount ISO:

sudo mkdir -p /media/iso
sudo mount -o ro,loop ./R2015b_glnxa64.iso /media/iso

run the installation script:

sudo /media/iso/install

and finally unmount image:

sudo umount /media/iso
  • If you want to install R2017a (two DVDs/ISOs), you should use the same path for mounting both ISO images: (1) mount DVD1 sudo mount -o ro,loop /media/data/R2017a_glnxa64_dvd1.iso /media/iso, (2) install sudo /media/iso/install and wait for a pop-up window to change the disk, (3) mount DVD2 sudo mount -o ro,loop /media/data/R2017a_glnxa64_dvd2.iso /media/iso. – auraham Sep 15 '17 at 22:29

You need to give executable permission to sys/java/jre/glnx86/jre/bin/java.

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