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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

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  • 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.

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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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