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Matlab doesn't startup on Fedora (Trial Version)

asked 2018-09-17 17:29:20 -0500

andrewnaguib gravatar image

The environment is:

Fedora 27
Awesome WM (tried it on GNOME desktop environment too)
Running it through the symbolic link (adds nothing but just saying).

I have followed the installation guide provided with the Matlab installation files. However, whenever I try to launch it through the terminal, nothing happens, it does not even show error. The only thing that happens (and is not understood to me) is generating a folder that is called:


I have tried several solutions such as running the executable with different parameters: -nodesktop, -nojvm, or -nodisplay, but still cannot trace what is happening.

There is nothing really which I can search for or debug into.

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Which version are you trying to run? R2018b?

bob323 gravatar imagebob323 ( 2018-09-21 09:20:35 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-09-18 09:13:08 -0500

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Being closed source and commercial, you should ask directly Matlab for support as others explained to you. I would suggest to install Octave GNU and work with that software instead. You could run the same programs running under Matlab.

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I believe that is a solution. However, I have to use Matlab I am working on a research to examine its runtime behavior.

andrewnaguib gravatar imageandrewnaguib ( 2018-09-19 14:46:02 -0500 )edit

Either get a student version: from your supervisor; or try Scilab: open source - very similar but of course you can't use system generator on it.

Sandylex gravatar imageSandylex ( 2018-12-23 08:03:52 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-09-18 04:42:35 -0500

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As Matlab is closed source software, there is not very much we can do. If the following tips here do not help, please contact Matlab support. You are paying them so you can expect a working piece of software, right?

Some ideas:

  1. See but please do NOT run your system with SELinux disabled permanently.
  2. Run Matlab within strace and have a look what Matlab did right before it crashed/exited. See man strace for many useful details, e.g. tracing child processes and filtering specific syscalls like strace -e trace=file to trace access to the filesystem.
  3. Find a logfile, either from the documentation or strace output.
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