Installing Matlab

Tijl Coosemans tijl at
Fri Feb 15 16:41:58 UTC 2013

On 15-02-2013 10:36, Tijl Coosemans wrote:
> 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
> compatible.

And also, the Linux compatibility layer is 32bit so you need the x86
version of Matlab.

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