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I have a Matlab script named "main_wrapper.m" in my /home/user/MATLAB directory. I want to call this script from the Unix command line. This script ends with a quit, so it's expected to quit by itself. I want to call this script from the command line and have it quit all by itself.

I don't get results with:

shell$ cd /home/user/MATLAB/ && /usr/local/MATLAB/R2011b/bin/matlab -nosplash -nodesktop -r main_wrapper.m

or with /usr/local/MATLAB/R2011b/bin/matlab -r " cd /home/user/MATLAB; run (/home/user/MATLAB/main_wrapper); end; quit "

In either case MATLAB window opens up and doesn't run by itself.

How can I get the window to quit?

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Here is the answer by @Simon on Stack Overflow:

matlab -nosplash -nodesktop -r "my_script; quit"


Following Edric's recommendation, you'd better use one of these:

matlab -nosplash -nodesktop -r "try, my_script; end, quit"
matlab -nosplash -nodesktop -r "try, my_script; catch, disp('failed'), end, quit"
matlab -nosplash -nodesktop -r "try, my_script; catch e, your_error_handling_function(e), end, quit"
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