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MATLAB for Linux

Bill Moss
August 2005


Clemson University has licensed MATLAB for campus-wide use. Windows, Mac, and a Linux versions are available. The campus installation of MATLAB uses the FlexLM license manager, which means that you will need to be connected to the University network (either physically or through a VPN client) in order to start MATLAB. The DCIT Solution Guide

states the following.

The Novell native file access pack overcomes the need to install special client software on windows, Macintosh, and UNIX systems for access to storage on NetWare 6.5 servers. This server-based solution allows a broad range of clients to access NetWare storage right out of the box. With native file access protocols, users can securely access data stored on the Netware server, regardless of the operating system they are using.

In this installation, we will make use of native file access by mounting a remote directory using the Linux Samba filesystem. At this time the method of installation is only available to faculty.

MATLAB R14 SP2 Native File Access

The following install step should be performed as the root user.

  # mkdir /root/nwshare /usr/local/matlabr14sp2
  # mount -t smbfs -o username=your_Clemson_username 
      // /root/nwshare
  # cp /root/nwshare/Software/Licensed/Matlab/
  # cd /usr/local/matlabr14sp2
  # /root/nwshare/Software/Licensed/Matlab/
  Change Disk1 to Disk2 in the textbox.
  Change Disk2 to Disk3 in the textbox.
  # cd /usr/local/bin
  # ln -s /usr/local/matlabr14sp2/bin/matlab .

Installation Notes

This is a GUI based installation. Take all the defaults. The installation took about 8 minutes in Martin 0 over a 100 Mbps wired connection.

MATLAB R14 ISO Install

The Clemson Linux User Group has published an article on the installation of MATLAB R14 from ISO images. A zip file containing these images can be downloaded from the S drive via ftp. See

This article will soon be updated to cover MATLAB R14 SP2.