I get significant amount of artifacts in Matlab 2016a and 2016b, which are damaging my filesystem, etc random cursor movements moving my Documents folder to Pictures. I do not want that such actions are possible in Matlab because it is not stable in Linux.

OS: Debian 64 bit
Linux kernel: 4.6 of backports
Hardware: Asus Zenbook UX303UA
Matlab: 2016a, 2016b prerelease

  • You're running the process as yourself, and so it naturally has permissions to move and remove your files. Is this a feature request for Matlab, or a request to find a way to run the Matlab file browser in a way that prevents it from modifying your files?
    – Jeff Schaller
    Commented Oct 7, 2016 at 14:54
  • I am thinking a one liner that could prevent it so latter. Commented Oct 7, 2016 at 14:57
  • I don't use the product, so I have an ignorant question: what do you want a "file browser" to do, if not manage your files?
    – Jeff Schaller
    Commented Oct 7, 2016 at 14:58
  • Nothing actually. Just disable it as one liner would be great. Commented Oct 7, 2016 at 15:00
  • I feel like I'm missing something. My kneejerk reaction is: "so don't run the file browser" ? Or is the file browser some feature or part of the overall product?
    – Jeff Schaller
    Commented Oct 7, 2016 at 15:02

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I sent MathWorks about 50 bug reports Q3-Q4 2016. They acknowledged the problems, and connected me to several cases in their system. However, I am not convinced that they have sufficient resources to fix the cases in the short-term.

They have promised to pay attention to the bugs existing in MATLAB 2016b/... in Debian Linux. However, they have not provided me any reliable plan for the fixes. They also have not provided sufficient expertise for me about the cases. So I cannot provide any estimate of the schedule when the bugs of MATLAB will be fixed in Debian Linux.


You can start the proprietary software with firejail. Firejail allows to configure the access to folders, ports and devices. https://github.com/netblue30/firejail

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