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how to launch a program (matlab) without use terminal?

asked 2013-11-15 23:14:06 -0600

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updated 2014-04-11 16:00:22 -0600

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Hi guys. I'm new in Fedora and it's my first time asking here so sorry if i make some mistakes and about my english. I have recently installed matlab 2013, but every time i have to launch it i have to write

sh /usr/local/MATLAB/R2013a/bin/matlab

If i just use SUPER and write matlab it did not works. I havent find an matlab's icon either. And i really dont like to have to write every time that command in terminal. is there any solution to create a launcher (prefer not in the desktop) or i have to write everytime that code?

Thanks guys

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answered 2013-11-15 23:53:32 -0600

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updated 2013-11-21 16:01:06 -0600

Open gedit cut and past this into it:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Matlab
Comment=Matlab
Exec=/usr/local/MATLAB/R2013a/bin/matlab
Icon=
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=GNOME;GTK;Core;

then save the file (with the .desktop extension) into ~/.local/share/applications/ (to do this in gedit press save then click on your home folder, then press ctrl+h then double click ".local", then "share" then "applications" then press save.)

Now pressing super and typing "matlab" then pressing enter should work. Please comment if it doesn't.

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Sorry about the delay but i hadnt Internet for a while... So lets see what i have done: First i wrote in the terminal:" sudo nautilus", And i pressed ctrl +h in order to see the folder "Root", then ".local" and "share" but there is no "applications" folder. What i see is a folder called "nautilus" and another called "tracker". I see too "recently-used.xbel" and ".converted-launchers" Im using Fedora 19

mouly gravatar imagemouly ( 2013-11-21 08:15:57 -0600 )edit

Ok. So I think that is because your using nautilus as root. Have you tried just pressing super and opening files app and seeing if the ~/.local/share/applications/ folder is there? If it isn't it is fine to create the folder applications then do the instructions above. P.S. you don't need root to do any of this. I used to do this by using root and saving the "Desktop Entry" file to /usr/share/applications/ but it is preferable not to do it as root.

cjbayliss gravatar imagecjbayliss ( 2013-11-21 15:58:05 -0600 )edit
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+1 for not using root! matlab is not an administrative application, and user desktop files work fine.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-11-26 21:23:02 -0600 )edit

This only works for me when I change : Terminal=true Else this will not completely open Matlab, just the splash screen and it closes soon after. Can you help?

BrownIE gravatar imageBrownIE ( 2015-10-20 09:13:56 -0600 )edit
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answered 2013-11-26 13:47:25 -0600

Mosaab Alzoubi gravatar image

updated 2013-11-26 13:56:40 -0600

You can use Almohazzem to generate .desktop files at GUI. After that but into any share applications folder.

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answered 2016-01-19 14:02:11 -0600

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You can go to /usr/bin and creat a symbolic link to your MATLAB launch script:

cd /usr/bin
sudo ln -s MATLAB_PATH/bin/matlab

Then, when you create your shortcut/launcher add "-desktop" to your command.

Exec=/usr/local/MATLAB/R2013a/bin/matlab -desktop

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answered 2013-11-16 01:55:10 -0600

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updated 2013-11-25 02:29:01 -0600

To execute a command, you can use the keyboard shortcut alt+F2 and paste your command (I think you can remove the sh part):

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Of course, @cjbayliss answer is better if you want Matlab to integrate well in you desktop. In Ubuntu, there is a package in the repositories called matlab-support that does the trick but I can't find a such package in Fedora.

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