Installing Matlab

Tijl Coosemans tijl at
Fri Feb 15 09:38:25 UTC 2013

On 14-02-2013 22:42, Vijay Kaul wrote:
> I was wondering if anyone has had any recent (or not-so-recent)
> experience installing Matlab on FreeBSD/PC-BSD? (Yes, I know about
> octave.)
>  I'm not entirely new to *nix, but I'm novice enough that I can't seem
> to get this to work.
>  Perhaps the shortest and simplest solution would be if Mathworks own
> installer would function, but that runs as a Java Web Start
> application, and I can't seem to get that working in Opera, Firefox,
> or Konqueror.
>  The automatic rout having failed, I've downloaded the files manually,
> and I've tried to run the install script; however, it's failed as
> well. I found this site:
> <>,
> which claims installation instructions for PC-BSD8.2 boiling down to:
> open up the shell scripts and take /bin/sh --> /compat/linux/bin/sh.
> Well, that seems to help a bit, but it also fails because the install
> script determines my architecture to be x68, while the downloads are
> for (what they call) a64. (My system is indeed a 64-bit system.
> Perhaps the above instructions were for an x86 system.)
>  I feel like if I could modify the install script sufficiently, the
> install would work. My bash scripting is weak, though, and I worry
> about screwing up my system and/or the installation. There are only a
> few functions in there that are looking for architecture type, usually
> with the output from uname. I think fixing those would work...?
>  Could anyone help me get past this point?
>  Thanks in advance! And please, if there's any info I can provide that
> would be helpful, please just let me know.
>  Output of uname -a:
>  FreeBSD pcbsd-8517 9.1-RELEASE FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE #2: Tue Nov 27
> 03:45:16 UTC 2012
> root at darkstar:/usr/obj/pcbsd-build90/fbsd-source/9.1/sys/GENERIC amd64
>  The install script in question: <>

Try creating this link:

ln -s ../usr/bin/expr /compat/linux/bin/expr

Without this link Linux scripts run the FreeBSD expr which isn't fully

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