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I'm using ubuntu and i3 window manager.

To launch matlab I have to navigate to

/usr/local/MATLAB/R2019a/bin

and type ./matlab.

Other applications like firefox and atom are recognized as programs, and therefore I can type "firefox" or "atom" directly in the terminal, regardless of where I am, to launch them. Is it possible to make matlab recognized as an application to get the same functionality?

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Simply append that directory to your PATH,

export PATH="${PATH}:/usr/local/MATLAB/R2019a/bin"

This can be added to your ~/.bash_profile, or ~/.bashrc for persistence across reboots.

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