I am new to linux and am using xubuntu.

I have successfully installed maple 13 on my machine and its working fine. The problem is when ever I need to start maple, I have to do it through double click-- since typing maple or xmaple in terminal does not work the same as opening firefox by just typing firefox in terminal. Why?

I want my terminal to open maple 13 when some command like maple or xmaple is typed.

  • I have updated my answer with edit.
    – Raja G
    Nov 18, 2013 at 20:59
  • "Does not work"? What happens?
    – Richard
    Nov 18, 2013 at 21:04
  • Now with the edit of .bashrc I am getting "bash: alias: xmaple: not found bash: alias: =: not found bash: alias: /home/sohail/maple13/bin/xmaple: not found"
    – Sohail
    Nov 18, 2013 at 21:09
  • @searchfgold6789 I get command not found.
    – Sohail
    Nov 18, 2013 at 21:09
  • 1
    Thanks @rajagenupula and searchfgold5789. Its working now. I think now I should be able to do this procedure for my matlab as well.
    – Sohail
    Nov 19, 2013 at 6:12

1 Answer 1


Open your terminal and paste these lines

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/bin
sudo ln -s /home/sohail/maple13/bin/xmaple /usr/local/bin

then try again.


type in your terminal as

gedit .bashrc

and write

alias xmaple='/home/sohail/maple13/bin/xmaple'

Save & close. Type bash in your terminal and run source ~/.bashrc. Then type xmaple.

  • After changing maple9.5 to maple13 in the above suggested commands, nothing happened.
    – Sohail
    Nov 18, 2013 at 20:38
  • whereis maple return /usr/local/bin/maple
    – Sohail
    Nov 18, 2013 at 20:44
  • Moreover, the launcher is somewhere here: /home/sohail/maple13/bin/xmaple
    – Sohail
    Nov 18, 2013 at 20:48
  • ""sudo ln -s /home/sohail/maple13/bin/xmaple /usr/local/bin/maple" gives "ln: failed to create symbolic link `/usr/local/bin/maple': File exists"
    – Sohail
    Nov 18, 2013 at 20:53
  • @Sohail What happens when you run maple in a terminal?
    – kiri
    Nov 18, 2013 at 20:55

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