Assign userpath as Startup Folder (Macintosh or UNIX)

This example shows how to assign the userpath folder as the startup folder on a Macintosh platform. The procedure is similar for UNIX® platforms. Assume that userpath is set to the default value on a Macintosh platform where smith is the home folder.

Using a bash shell, set the MATLAB_USE_USERWORK environment variable so that userpath will be used as the startup folder.

export MATLAB_USE_USERWORK=1

From that shell, start MATLAB®. Next, verify the current folder in MATLAB.

pwd
/Users/smith/Documents/MATLAB

Confirm that this is the same as the folder defined for userpath.

userpath
/Users/smith/Documents/MATLAB;

Confirm that the userpath is at the top of the search path.

path
/Users/smith/Documents/MATLAB
/Users/smith/Applications/MATLAB/R2009a/toolbox/matlab/general
/Users/smith/Applications/MATLAB/R2009a/toolbox/matlab/ops

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