Package Details: matlab

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Package Base: matlab
Description: A high-level language for numerical computation and visualization
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Licenses: custom
Submitter: ido
Maintainer: greyltc (hottea)
Last Packager: hottea
Votes: 20
Popularity: 0.028497
First Submitted: 2015-08-15 09:33
Last Updated: 2019-05-03 02:21

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ttpcodes commented on 2019-03-11 18:42

When the installer comes up on this error:

Using a File Installation Key requires you run the installer from a MATLAB DVD or from a directory which contains files previously downloaded via the installer.

makepkg doesn't stop running, but rather continues and will even install an empty binary that doesn't function. I'm well aware of the proper way to acquire the Matlab files to build the package, but is there a way to get the PKGBUILD script to halt on this error?

greyltc commented on 2018-12-19 20:47

@jadesoturi The .zip you download from tmw only contains the files needed to run the installer, not all the files required for installation. You need the complete iso. Alternatively, you can run the installer manually, it will download the proper contents of the archives/ folder to a folder in /tmp/. You can then use those files along with the contents of the .zip you previously downloaded to generate the matlab.tar that this package needs to build.

jadesoturi commented on 2018-10-31 15:47

I'm having issues installing this. I got the fik and lic files and the latest zip from Mathworks, but when running makepkg -si it terminates with the following error:

  -> Modifying the installer settings
sed: can't read /home/jadesoturi/temp/matlab/src/matlab/installer_input.txt: No such file or directory
==> ERROR: A failure occurred in prepare().

Checking the src folder, i see that everything has been extracted to src/ and not src/matlab. Moving everything to src/matlab makes the installer run, but then i get this error:

(Oct 31, 2018 16:42:00) Starting local product/component search in download directory
(Oct 31, 2018 16:42:00) Searching for archives...
(Oct 31, 2018 16:42:00) Reading /home/jadesoturi/temp/matlab/src/matlab/archives
(Oct 31, 2018 16:42:00) 2 files found in /home/jadesoturi/temp/matlab/src/matlab/archives
(Oct 31, 2018 16:42:00) Reading /home/jadesoturi/temp/matlab/src/matlab
(Oct 31, 2018 16:42:00) 20 files found in /home/jadesoturi/temp/matlab/src/matlab
(Oct 31, 2018 16:42:00) Archive search complete.  22 total files found.
(Oct 31, 2018 16:42:01) Completed local product/component search
(Oct 31, 2018 16:42:01) Error: Unable to locate required installation files.

Using a File Installation Key requires you run the installer from a MATLAB DVD or from a directory which contains files previously downloaded via the installer.

To obtain the missing files, click Back on the previous screen and select Log in with a MathWorks Account or contact your MATLAB license administrator. (Oct 31, 2018 16:42:01) Exiting with status -2 (Oct 31, 2018 16:42:01) End - Unsuccessful. Finished

Please advise... I was under the impression that the ZIP file downloaded from Mathworks included everything needed for the installation. I have no DVD and my license is provided by my uni...

bbaserdem commented on 2018-10-15 21:51

@hottea, thats great info. I am not, I am just creating a local tarball of matlab, so I can distribute it easily on my 4 archlinux installations. But knowing the file structure for the tarball is a godsent.

On further inspection, matlab now (since 2018b at least from what I have noticed) installs the products to /tmp/tmw<random> while using the network installer. I don't think this was the previous behavior (and it is bad practice to put 8GB on a tmpfs) do notice that the file is deleted upon installation/exiting; so pause once the installer reports 'installing' and cp the directory out of tmp.</random>

hottea commented on 2018-10-04 03:16

@bbaserdem Hey, if you're license administrator, you could download the product via installer with download only option, see here for detail. A typical matlab tarball look like this:

├── activate.ini
├── archives/
├── bin/
├── etc/
├── help/
├── install
├── installer_input.txt
├── install_guide.pdf
├── java/
├── license_agreement.txt
├── licenses/
├── patents.txt
├── readme.txt
├── sys/
├── trademarks.txt
├── ui/
└── version.txt

Matlab products locate in archives directory.

bbaserdem commented on 2018-10-01 16:50

I was wondering if anyone had any issues installing R2018b. I'm trying to create the tar file using the installer, but it looks like the toolboxes are installed somewhere i dont know. I used to install to a directory called faux, and cancelled the moment toolboxes finished, then merged the two directories. (Not working this time around, Im getting missisng file warnings on the installer)

I tried looking for guides regarding creating the tar but nada. Can anyone help out? (And maybe we can include instructions in PKGBUILD how to properly create tar from the installer?)

PanSi21 commented on 2018-09-29 16:54

:: Parsing SRCINFO (1/2): ncurses5-compat-libs :: Parsing SRCINFO (2/2): matlab ==> Creazione del pacchetto: ncurses5-compat-libs 6.1-1 (sab 29 set 2018 20:53:51 CEST) ==> Download dei sorgenti in corso... -> È stato trovato ncurses-6.1.tar.gz -> È stato trovato ncurses-6.1.tar.gz.sig ==> Validazione di source file con md5sums... ncurses-6.1.tar.gz ... Verificato ncurses-6.1.tar.gz.sig ... Ignorato ==> Validazione delle firme dei sorgenti con gpg in corso... ncurses-6.1.tar.gz ... Verificato ==> Pulizia in corso... ==> Creazione del pacchetto: matlab (sab 29 set 2018 20:53:51 CEST) ==> Download dei sorgenti in corso... -> Download di matlab.tar in corso... curl: (3) Invalid file://hostname/, expected localhost or or none ==> ERRORE: Impossibile scaricare file://matlab.tar L'operazione sta per essere interrotta... Error downloading sources: matlab

hottea commented on 2018-08-16 12:41

@petronny If gcc6 is not listed as dep, then we should not modify mex opts in ${MATLAB}/bin/glnxa64/mexopts/LANG_glnxa64.xml. And gcc6 in AUR is gcc 6.4, not gcc 6.3 which is officially supported by MathWorks.

hottea commented on 2018-08-16 08:30

@petronny matlab.lic is available in your account center in MathWorks website. If you don't have one, then you could/should not install matlab.

petronny commented on 2018-08-15 10:42


For non-network installations, installation from a purchased DVD for example, nowhere will provide this matlab.lic file to users.

Current PKGBUILD requires that users have to run touch matlab.lic to generate a meaningless file before running makepkg.


Okay, there are 2 solutions,

  1. you could keep them and set gcc6 as a optional dependency.
  2. you could remove them and set gcc6 as a dependency.

Now gcc6 is removed from the official repositories.
It makes the current way, which is the solution 1, is acceptable now. So you can keep them.


Yes, you should set mex options by the way suggested by the wiki pages.