Trying to run Matlab in your Linux machine? (brave soul, you). Well, the last update probably broke something and you’re out and about in the web trying to fix that issue with a ever so vague error message.
Does that error look like this?
matlab Fatal Internal Error: Internal Error: Failure occurs during desktop startup. Details: Failure loading desktop class.
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Here’s your fix:
- Find the Matlab installation directory in your system. (mine was
glnxa64folder of your installation directory
$ cd /usr/local/MATLAB/R2017a/glnxa64
libfreetype.so.6.13.0files inside this directory.
# rm libfreetype.so.6 # rm libfreetype.so.6.13.0
- Create a symlink from your
/usr/lib64/directory to the deleted file path, like so:
# ln -s /usr/lib64/libfreetype.so.6 /usr/local/MATLAB/R2017a/bin/glnxa64/libfreetype.so.6 # ln -s /usr/lib64/libfreetype.so.6.13.0 /usr/local/MATLAB/R2017a/bin/glnxa64/libfreetype.so.6.13.0
- (optional) Restart your computer.
Hope that fixed your problem! But, who’re we kidding, this probably broke something else…. aaand away you go.