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I use whereis matlab and find: /usr/local/bin/matlab , which is a very long bash file.

How can I find where matlab is installed, I mean, its installed folder.


I used the following method: open matlab and use edit svds.m to open the svds.m file and the editor shows the folder:)

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What is your linux distribution? Is matlab installed as rpm package or from source/tarball? –  Dmitry Yudakov May 28 '10 at 14:48

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locate MATLAB

The binary file is spelled with all-caps. In my system, the MATLAB executable is installed in /usr/local/matlab/r2009b/bin/glnxa64/MATLAB (which is a slightly weird place). The matlab root would then be /usr/local/matlab/r2009b

Of course, normally you do run matlab using the long shell script...

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Note: you might need to run sudo updatedb once before running locate (it's possible it won't find nearly as much otherwise). –  ChristopheD May 28 '10 at 14:55

I did

cat `which matlab` | grep matlab

with output

exec /usr/local/bin/matlab64 -r maxNumCompThreads=4 $*
    echo "   qsub -I -V -l nodes=1,matlab=1"
            exec /usr/local/bin/matlab64 $*
            exec /usr/local/bin/matlab32 $*


$ ls -ld /usr/local/bin/matlab64
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 30 May  4 12:08 /usr/local/bin/matlab64 -> /usr/local/matlab64/bin/matlab
$ ls -ld /usr/local/bin/matlab32
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 28 May  4 12:08 /usr/local/bin/matlab32 -> /usr/local/matlab/bin/matlab
$ ls -ld /usr/local/matlab64 
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 27 May  4 12:01 /usr/local/matlab64 -> /usr/local/matlab_2010a-64/
$ ls -ld /usr/local/matlab 
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 23 May  4 12:01 /usr/local/matlab -> /usr/local/matlab_2010a

EDIT: The better way is to do it from matlab command line with matlabroot.

>> matlabroot

ans =

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Useless use of cat: grep matlab $(which matlab) –  Dennis Williamson May 28 '10 at 16:33

On RPM based distributions you can use

rpm -ql <package_name>

It will show you all files from the package

# rpm -ql wget

If you're not sure how the package is called, you may use something like rpm -qa | grep -i matlab to find its name

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Tthe locations would depend (as Dmitry has suggested) on how you installed the packages. Usually, installation from source would dump the binaries and related files in /usr/local. For details on where standard distributions (like Debian and others put files), consult the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard.

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Your package manager might tell you. YAST in opensuse has a files tab, which shows all the files and location they get installed to. I can't speak for other distros.

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In Linux environment, you can run the following code to get MATLAB paths

matlab -e | sed -n 's/MATLAB=//p'

where matlab -e will output a lot of information to run MATLAB. So we need to pipe them to sed -n 's/MATLAB=//p' to only select the MATLAB root. I use this in my Makefile document to find the path to mex compiler without start MATLAB. It is very quick command. Here is what I used in my Makefile document just for convenience:

MATLAB = $(shell matlab -e | sed -n 's/MATLAB=//p')
MEX = $(MATLAB)/bin/mex
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