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I installed MATLAB in ubuntu 14.04. When starting it, an error occurred as shown. It says there is no write permission.

matlab startup error

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This can happen if the ~/.matlab directory is owned by root. Make yourself owner of the directory:

sudo chown -R $USER: ~/.matlab

This is useful if you have tried to launch MATLAB with sudo or straight from the install.

Reference: Matlab not starting properly on Unix/Linux

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