System: i7 of 2013, 32 GB, GTX-960 Nvidia, Asus Desktop PC. I get continuously system error

MATLAB is exiting because of fatal error:
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Segmentation violation detected at Sat Apr 30 17:40:16 2016

I know the thread Matlab problem on ubuntu 16.04. I have deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial main multiverse in my /etc/apt/sources.list. I have also matlab-support in my system.

I know the thread Matlab not work on ubuntu 16.04? and the thread matlab crash dump log file so I do

cd /usr/local/MATLAB/R2016a/sys/os/glnxa64/
sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgfortran.so.3.0.0 libgfortran.so.3
sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libquadmath.so.0.0.0 libquadmath.so.0
sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libstdc++.so.6.0.19 libstdc++.so.6

but the problem still persists. Running also sudo apt-get install libquadmath0:amd64 libgfortran3:amd64 does not solve the problem. I installed 64 bit Matlab 2016a in my Ubuntu 16.04. I sent the logs to the developers but no answer yet. Matlab initial technical support answer

An initial investigation leads us to believe there may be a bug in your graphics card drivers.

Several users have reported this issue with a recent upgrade to the Nvidia driver version 361.28 for Linux, and they were able to resolve it by downgrading their driver to version 352.79 from the following page: ...

Nvidia Devtalk about the situation here with bug ID 1744483. I downgraded the GPU driver to noveau driver, and no crash anymore at the login, not sure how long stability. This fix is only a short-term fix because these noveau drivers cause other crashes in other environments, and complications such as "itching" of the screen when moving windows, and now possibly also crash of Mouse control. Another temporary fix without downgrade running with matlab -softwareopengl.

How can you run Matlab 2016a with Nvidia Drivers of GTX-960 in Ubuntu 16.04?


3 Answers 3


the problem with the matlab libraries: it contain old libraries as compare to ubuntu and they conflict with the new one...

you can check this for solution: Doesn't Matlab work on ubuntu 16.04?

or run

sudo apt-get install matlab-support

and during installation choose replace the libraries with .bek file name.


Yes, this bug is under track by NVidia and could be fixed in the future release of NVidia drivers. I would suggest to try one of the these:

  1. Uninstall the current nvidia driver, and then install driver 352.79 as suggested by Matlab.

    sudo apt-get purge nvidia* sudo apt-get install nvidia-352

    Notice that nvidia-352 driver may break your internal display screen as known for some newest machines.

  2. Turn on the software-openGL option when you start up Matlab. You can either do this in a terminal with matlab -softwareopengl or make a shortcut on your desktop with a file named as Matlab.desktop and filled with the following content: [Desktop Entry] Version=9.0 Type=Application Terminal=true Exec=matlab -softwareopengl Name=MATLAB Icon=/usr/share/icons/hicolor/48x48/apps/matlab.png Categories=Development;Math;Science Comment=Scientific computing environment StartupNotify=true StartupWMClass=com-mathworks-util-PostVMInit

    After making the shortcut, you need to make it work by typing in terminal cd ~/Desktop sudo chmod +x Matlab.desktop

    Now if you double click the Desktop icon, it should work.

Ref: https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/926199/linux/361-28-crashes-matlab-r2016a/

Hopefully NVidia will fix this problem in their next release of driver!

Update on Jun 23, 2016:

Recently, I have noticed that the last update of NVidia-367 driver has fixed this problem.

To install the nvidia-367 driver in Ubuntu 16.04, you need to uninstall the previous nvidia driver first: sudo apt purge nvidia* followed by a reboot of your computer.

Then install the new driver by adding the ppa and retrieving the package from the repo. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa sudo apt update sudo apt install NVidia-367 After a successful reboot, you should see the new driver has been added to your module list. lsmod | grep nvidia Source: http://i2000s.github.io/2016/06/23/nvidia-driver-update-for-matlab-2016a.html

  • This answer goes outside the question. I know these things. See for instance my other thread askubuntu.com/q/765820/25388 where you answer would be more appropriate. I am more interested how to fix the case WITHOUT NVidia. I cannot wait for their fix. May 4, 2016 at 13:08
  • This option matlab -softwareopengl does not work anymore alone in my system. I do not understand the reason. I think downgrade is the only way to go now. Noveau drivers have also stop working. May 4, 2016 at 13:25
  • No hurt to try if you know how to purge and reinstall as I have suggested in my answer. If worse comes worse, just try a fresh reinstallation of Ubuntu. Good luck! May 5, 2016 at 4:56

This is NVIDIA's driver issue and about its development. It was long unsolved in NVIDIA's side. The driver NVidia-367 driver should fix the issue 24.6.2016. Qi's answer is mostly a reproduction of my body, and cannot be rewarded.

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    you can now find the last update in my answer where a real working solution is provided to reflect the nvidia driver update! Thanks. Jun 23, 2016 at 23:05

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