Package Details: matlab

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Package Base: matlab
Description: A high-level language for numerical computation and visualization
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Keywords: matlab
Licenses: custom
Provides: matlab-bin, matlab-engine-for-python, matlab-licenses
Submitter: ido
Maintainer: bbaserdem
Last Packager: bbaserdem
Votes: 27
Popularity: 0.90
First Submitted: 2015-08-15 09:33
Last Updated: 2021-02-03 18:07

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bbaserdem commented on 2020-09-21 16:39

READ THE README FILE IN THE REPO. NO AUR HELPERS SUPPORTED. ONLY ARCHLINUX AS OS IS SUPPORTED. YOU SHOULD BE BUILDING THIS PACKAGE USING MAKEPKG, NOTHING ELSE WILL BE SUPPORTED. Please only post issues here AFTER you followed the located at the root of this repo: Due to a lot of comments; my spam filter is removing AUR notifications which keeps me from responding timely to issues in packaging, please don't post if you don't do some troubleshooting yourself. If your skill level is not up to troubleshooting (or following simple instructions as laid out by the readme), just install matlab locally, without using this package.

  • This PKGBUILD is NOT a minimal installation; as it has (hard) dependencies to gcc8 to force MATLAB to use system libraries. While generally not required; this PKGBUILD is trying to make MATLAB work with the system rather than with the mathworks-provided binaries. Currently it also does the python integration so that jupyter can be used with it.
  • This will only work with 2020b version; and will not work with earlier (or later) versions.
  • This PKGBUILD DOES NOT DOWNLOAD MATLAB FOR YOU. The EULA prevents redistribution of the software. Read the file contained in the PKGBUILD repo. This is essentially a script to integrate an existing matlab installer with your archlinux system; it does NOT come with any software from Mathworks. You most likely cannot build this package using an AUR helper; you NEED to manually provide files; and to get the files you need a valid MATLAB licence. The process of fetching the files is described in detail in the in the repo. (You can use any valid credentials to install the package using this PKGBUILD; including a licence file that does not match the machine; but you will need to reactivate matlab by using with root privileges.)
  • Current users; please help me test and trim the dependencies list, and submit your personal fixes for issues if you have them so they can be added to the PKGBUILD. (Cuda related contributions; if needed would be good as I don't have nvidia GPU's to test compatibility.)
  • To use jupyter with matlab; you also need jupyter-matlab_kernel(-git).

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bbaserdem commented on 2021-03-07 22:58

gcc8 is required to compile mex files using native gcc. This is not a minimal package; if you don't want gcc integration, you can install matlab through other methods.

tornado99 commented on 2021-03-07 22:49

I ran this on an i7 desktop with 16GB RAM and it choked the machine trying to compile gcc8 for over an hour, but it did complete successfully. I then tried on a lower spec laptop and it aborted with gcc compile errors after about 20 minutes. Could you say what are the advantages of using gcc8? and if this could be made optional as otherwise users with lower spec machines could be waiting many hours just to get Matlab installed.

offmilk commented on 2021-02-28 05:23

I was able to overcome the "Error Starting Desktop" by installing both jre8-openjdk and jdk8-openjdk and running export MATLAB_JAVA=/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk/jre in the terminal, however I am experiencing some internal errors which are due to my integrated intel graphics. I will edit this comment once I resolve these issues, and what I did.

UPDATE: This didnt take long... I am able to start matlab with zero problems now provided I use the -softwareopengl flag when running matlab. Please note that I can reproduce the error by not including the flag - I will add this as an alias so I dont need to type it every time.

bbaserdem commented on 2021-02-25 23:55

Building any AUR package requires the dependencies installed. That is what dependency is. For this package; it's not enough that you have all the dependencies installed locally, but you need to provide the three aforementioned files in the README in the build directory.

hif that was not clear to you; i suggest reading through

I cannot replicate your GUI problems; most likely associated with your system or your desktop environment; but MATLAB installation works, just not the client. If you find a fix; please report it so I may add it to the PKGBUILD if it can be fixed as such.

offmilk commented on 2021-02-25 23:48


Just to clarify the, when it says "Besides the dependencies; the source files MUST be present at the directory" does this mean that gcc8 needs to be placed in the same directory (and any other dependencies)?

I can start matlab without a desktop environment so I will look into what is going on there, thanks

bbaserdem commented on 2021-02-25 17:50

Obviously AUR dependencies needs to be resolved by you; that's how AUR works. I suggest getting acquainted, but there should be no issues installing gcc8 using an aur helper.

Try running matlab -nodesktop from a terminal; and if you get to the console that means it has something to do with your graphical desktop. I don't know how to resolve your issue, never encountered it.

You can also try de-integration by replacing the symlinks in /opt/tmw/matlab-2020b with the static libraries in /opt/tmw/matlab-2020b/backup to see if it's an integration issue. That or install matlab locally in your home folder using only the mathworks installer and see if it works.

offmilk commented on 2021-02-25 13:48

Followed the and makepkg was failing to resolve the gcc8 dependencies, I've tried installing gcc8 manually (only supported through the aur - this also needed to be built using PKGBUILD as the aur helper is not supported) then had to comment out these dependencies in the PKGBUILD.

The build seemed successful however once I run the matlab file I get an empty grey text box with the window title "Error Starting Desktop", not even the only button (I'm assuming says close) has text.

Let me know if you need further details

hawath commented on 2021-02-21 08:26

@bbaserdem; Thanks for your reply.

I am not very sure what you mean by "in the presence of either or both llvm-libs and gcc-libs would solve the problem" since I don't think it's quite possible to remove package "llvm-libs" or even "gcc-libs". Perhaps I misunderstood your words.

Do you mean try to install a lower version of llvm-libs or gcc-libs?

Update 2021.2.22

I found that running matlab through "LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib matlab" can suppress (fix?) the error and OpenGL is correctly loaded. But I do not know whether this will affect matlab loading gcc8 libs.

bbaserdem commented on 2021-02-21 07:41

If that was an issue; I would have the same issue, but I don't. I assume the presence of either or both llvm-libs and gcc-libs would solve the problem?

@billypilgrim, could you check it out? (On the PC that the built installable pkgbuild won't work; first install llvm-libs, try to open, then remove llvm-libs and install gcc-libs, try to open, then install llvm-libs again and try to open.) Then could you report? If you give it green light; I'll add the necessary packages as dependencies.

hawath commented on 2021-02-21 07:04

@billypilgrim, @bbaserdem;

Problem description

I also encountered billypilgrim's problem. It seems that mesa libs (called by OpenGL lib) use llvm-libs (provides and llvm-libs uses gcc-libs (provides The problem is that line 262 in PKGBUILD tells matlab (and possibly libs called by matlab) to find libs from gcc8-libs path (for me /lib/gcc/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu/8.4.0) first, which is necessary for matlab but possibly not (even harmful) for some other libs. Or, in other words, the current version of llvm-libs requires a higher version of gcc-libs than gcc8-libs to properly function.

I think the problem could be fixed if the updated lib path can be excluded for OpenGL, but I do not know how to achieve this.

System Inform
  • Linux Satellite 5.10.15-1-MANJARO #1 SMP PREEMPT Wed Feb 10 10:42:47 UTC 2021 x86_64 GNU/Linux
  • Package version:
    • gcc-libs:10.2.0-6
    • llvm-libs:11.0.1-2
    • mesa:20.3.4-1
    • matlab: