Search path changes to default when I run script (ubuntu)

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I'm running R2016b on ubuntu and when I run a script the search path changes back to default. I have added a startup.m to add the desired path so it is correct when I start MATLAB.
I have also changed the initial working folder in preferences but when I restart MATLAB that reverts back to what it was. Also, I have deleted the default folder (/Docs/MATLAB) but when I start MATLAB it remakes it.
It seems that every time I make a change to any preferences at all on MATLAB they are never recorded and disappear when I restart.
Thanks for your help, Jasper
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Jasper James
Jasper James on 28 Feb 2017
I'm not on a VM but I'll start explaining again. If I manually add a folder and its subdirectories to the path so that I can run a script it removes it from the path when I actually run it.
If I add the folder/subdirectories to a startup.m file so that initially it is on the path, once again it is removed when I run a file.
If I go in preferences and set the 'initial working file' to the one I want then it adds the folders to the path but when I run a script it again removes it.
Basically I've tried several methods to allow another directory to be added to the search path and stay on it but whenever I run a script it removes the folder I am working in from the search path.
Does this make more sense?

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Steven Lord
Steven Lord on 3 Mar 2017
Have you confirmed that the script you're running doesn't call path, rmpath, restoredefaultpath, genpath, or the like either directly or by calling something else that manipulates the path? All four of those functions are MATLAB program files, so you should be able to dbstop in path, dbstop in rmpath, etc. and determine who's manipulating the path.
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Jasper James
Jasper James on 6 Mar 2017
Ahh, the script was calling restoredefaultpath. Thank you so much for your help!

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Ruchir Kemnaik
Ruchir Kemnaik on 3 Mar 2017
You can make use of the pathtool command to change the MATLAB search path.
In the case of using "startup.m" to add a path to the MATLAB search path, make sure that "startup.m" is saved in a path that exists in the MATLAB search path.
You might also want to have a look at this question.

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