How to fix '605: /lib/libc.so.6' error for Matlab in Linux?

When I start Matlab in Linux I get a "605 error" like the following

$ matlab
/usr/local/matlabR2010a/bin/util/oscheck.sh: 605: /lib/libc.so.6: not found

The Matlab version is R2010a. The OS is Ubuntu 11.10 32-bit.

  • Have you tried installing the libc library on the Linux machine? That will probably solve the issue. – sbtkd85 Oct 26 '11 at 14:51
  • If I search libc using Ubuntu 11.10's Synaptic Package Manager, it finds hundreds of potential matches. I'm wondering how to identify a few of them to try installing first. – Computist Oct 27 '11 at 2:07

I found a solution on MATLAB Answers:

$ locate libc.so
$ sudo ln -s /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 /lib/libc.so.6
$ matlab

For MATLAB 2012, on Ubuntu 12.04, libc-2.13 is replaced by libc-2.15, so you link as follows:

$ sudo ln -s /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc-2.15.so /lib64/libc.so.6

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