geting matlab installer to start on linux

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Vasilios Kormas
Vasilios Kormas on 26 Nov 2021
Commented: Vasilios Kormas on 27 Nov 2021
i am trying to install matlab on my new ubuntu 20.04 pc, but i cant even get the installer to show up
i am following the instructions from here, but when i enter the 'sudo ./install' command on the terminal nothing seems to be happening (whereas i ender the './install' command, without sudo, the window shows up instantly). the terminal just seems to get busy but doesn't produce any results
i also tried to change the access permisions on the directory where the installer is with chmod but that doesn't seem to change anything
do i just have to wait for it to load? shouldn't it open in less than a minute? thanks.
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Rik on 26 Nov 2021
There seems to be a bug in the installer for Linux. You can run it without sudo, but you will have to chown the installation directory to the current user (and back to root).

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Chris on 26 Nov 2021
From a comment deep in the thread (here), and from reading your symptoms, what typically works with this version of Ubuntu is:
xhost +SI:localuser:root
sudo ./install
Vasilios Kormas
Vasilios Kormas on 27 Nov 2021
alright, after reading the thread you linked and messing around a bit i finally managed to figure it out. thanks again for your help!!
(if anyone needs to know, i made the file ~/.local/share/applications/matlab_r2021b.desktop with the following contents:
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Exec=/usr/local/MATLAB/R2021b/bin/matlab -desktop
and then made it executable with chmod +x ~/.local/share/applications/matlab_r2021b.desktop
then i searched for 'matlab' in my apps and it showed up)

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