The desktop configuration file is corrupt or improperly formatted when starting matlab

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After not using Matlab for a while, I got the following error in the command window after starting matlab. Thank you in advance
Warning/Error message:
Warning: The desktop configuration file is corrupt or improperly formatted.
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Warning: An error occurred while reading the desktop configuration file.
Using the default configuration.
Warning: The desktop configuration file is corrupt or improperly formatted.
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Warning: An error occurred while reading the desktop configuration file.
Exception in thread "AWT-EventQueue-0": java.lang.NullPointerException
at com.mathworks.mde.liveeditor.LiveEditorTabManager.showEditorInBrowser(LiveEditorTabManager.java:932)
at com.mathworks.mde.liveeditor.LiveEditorTabManager.handleClientDisplayed(LiveEditorTabManager.java:310)
at com.mathworks.mde.liveeditor.LiveEditorTabManager$2.run(LiveEditorTabManager.java:293)
at java.awt.event.InvocationEvent.dispatch(InvocationEvent.java:311)
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEventImpl(EventQueue.java:758)
at java.awt.EventQueue.access$500(EventQueue.java:97)
at java.awt.EventQueue$3.run(EventQueue.java:709)
at java.awt.EventQueue$3.run(EventQueue.java:703)
at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
at java.security.ProtectionDomain$JavaSecurityAccessImpl.doIntersectionPrivilege(ProtectionDomain.java:74)
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(EventQueue.java:728)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForFilters(EventDispatchThread.java:205)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForFilter(EventDispatchThread.java:116)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarchy(EventDispatchThread.java:105)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(EventDispatchThread.java:101)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(EventDispatchThread.java:93)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.run(EventDispatchThread.java:82)
Exception in thread "AWT-EventQueue-0": java.lang.NullPointerException
at com.mathworks.mde.liveeditor.LiveEditorTabManager.showEditorInBrowser(LiveEditorTabManager.java:932)
at com.mathworks.mde.liveeditor.LiveEditorTabManager.handleClientDisplayed(LiveEditorTabManager.java:310)
at com.mathworks.mde.liveeditor.LiveEditorTabManager.handleClientHierarchyChanged(LiveEditorTabManager.java:276)
at com.mathworks.mde.liveeditor.LiveEditorClient$46.hierarchyChanged(LiveEditorClient.java:1885)
at java.awt.AWTEventMulticaster.hierarchyChanged(AWTEventMulticaster.java:499)
at java.awt.Component.processHierarchyEvent(Component.java:6706)
at java.awt.Component.processEvent(Component.java:6325)
at java.awt.Container.processEvent(Container.java:2239)
at java.awt.Component.dispatchEventImpl(Component.java:4889)
at java.awt.Container.dispatchEventImpl(Container.java:2297)
at java.awt.Component.dispatchEvent(Component.java:4711)
at java.awt.Component.createHierarchyEvents(Component.java:5555)
at java.awt.Container.createHierarchyEvents(Container.java:1448)
at java.awt.Container.createHierarchyEvents(Container.java:1444)
at java.awt.Container.createHierarchyEvents(Container.java:1444)
at java.awt.Component.show(Component.java:1639)
at java.awt.Component.show(Component.java:1671)
at java.awt.Component.setVisible(Component.java:1623)
at javax.swing.JComponent.setVisible(JComponent.java:2644)
at com.mathworks.widgets.desk.DTTabbedDocumentPane.show(DTTabbedDocumentPane.java:371)
at com.mathworks.widgets.desk.DTTabbedDocumentPane.toFront(DTTabbedDocumentPane.java:251)
at com.mathworks.widgets.desk.DTDocumentContainer.toFront(DTDocumentContainer.java:532)
at com.mathworks.widgets.desk.DTDocumentContainer.propertyChange(DTDocumentContainer.java:1817)
at com.mathworks.widgets.desk.DTOccupant.forwardPropertyChange(DTOccupant.java:1197)
at com.mathworks.widgets.desk.DTClient.itemStateChanged(DTClient.java:1641)
at com.mathworks.widgets.desk.DTInternalFrame.setSelected(DTInternalFrame.java:364)
at com.mathworks.widgets.desk.DTClient.setSelected(DTClient.java:488)
at com.mathworks.widgets.desk.DTOccupant.setSelected(DTOccupant.java:822)
at com.mathworks.widgets.desk.DTDocumentContainer.setSelected(DTDocumentContainer.java:1071)
at com.mathworks.widgets.desk.DTDocumentContainer.setSelected(DTDocumentContainer.java:1037)
at com.mathworks.widgets.desk.DTGroup.setSelected(DTGroup.java:1077)
at com.mathworks.widgets.desk.DTSelectionManager.eventDispatched(DTSelectionManager.java:421)
at java.awt.Toolkit$SelectiveAWTEventListener.eventDispatched(Toolkit.java:2427)
at java.awt.Toolkit$ToolkitEventMulticaster.eventDispatched(Toolkit.java:2319)
at java.awt.Toolkit$ToolkitEventMulticaster.eventDispatched(Toolkit.java:2318)
at java.awt.Toolkit$ToolkitEventMulticaster.eventDispatched(Toolkit.java:2318)
at java.awt.Toolkit$ToolkitEventMulticaster.eventDispatched(Toolkit.java:2318)
at java.awt.Toolkit$ToolkitEventMulticaster.eventDispatched(Toolkit.java:2318)
at java.awt.Toolkit$ToolkitEventMulticaster.eventDispatched(Toolkit.java:2318)
at java.awt.Toolkit$ToolkitEventMulticaster.eventDispatched(Toolkit.java:2318)
at java.awt.Toolkit$ToolkitEventMulticaster.eventDispatched(Toolkit.java:2318)
at java.awt.Toolkit$ToolkitEventMulticaster.eventDispatched(Toolkit.java:2318)
at java.awt.Toolkit$ToolkitEventMulticaster.eventDispatched(Toolkit.java:2318)
at java.awt.Toolkit$ToolkitEventMulticaster.eventDispatched(Toolkit.java:2318)
at java.awt.Toolkit$ToolkitEventMulticaster.eventDispatched(Toolkit.java:2318)
at java.awt.Toolkit.notifyAWTEventListeners(Toolkit.java:2277)
at java.awt.Component.dispatchEventImpl(Component.java:4785)
at java.awt.Container.dispatchEventImpl(Container.java:2297)
at java.awt.Component.dispatchEvent(Component.java:4711)
at java.awt.LightweightDispatcher.retargetMouseEvent(Container.java:4904)
at java.awt.LightweightDispatcher.processMouseEvent(Container.java:4532)
at java.awt.LightweightDispatcher.dispatchEvent(Container.java:4476)
at java.awt.Container.dispatchEventImpl(Container.java:2283)
at java.awt.Window.dispatchEventImpl(Window.java:2746)
at java.awt.Component.dispatchEvent(Component.java:4711)
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEventImpl(EventQueue.java:760)
at java.awt.EventQueue.access$500(EventQueue.java:97)
at java.awt.EventQueue$3.run(EventQueue.java:709)
at java.awt.EventQueue$3.run(EventQueue.java:703)
at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
at java.security.ProtectionDomain$JavaSecurityAccessImpl.doIntersectionPrivilege(ProtectionDomain.java:74)
at java.security.ProtectionDomain$JavaSecurityAccessImpl.doIntersectionPrivilege(ProtectionDomain.java:84)
at java.awt.EventQueue$4.run(EventQueue.java:733)
at java.awt.EventQueue$4.run(EventQueue.java:731)
at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
at java.security.ProtectionDomain$JavaSecurityAccessImpl.doIntersectionPrivilege(ProtectionDomain.java:74)
at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(EventQueue.java:730)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForFilters(EventDispatchThread.java:205)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForFilter(EventDispatchThread.java:116)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarchy(EventDispatchThread.java:105)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(EventDispatchThread.java:101)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(EventDispatchThread.java:93)
at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.run(EventDispatchThread.java:82)
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Accepted Answer

zmi zmi
zmi zmi on 6 Sep 2022 at 10:02
The error may be fixed by setting aside the libfreetype.so.6 in <matlab_root>/bin/glnxa64/. Run the following command:
cd <matlab_root>/bin/glnxa64/
mv libfreetype.so.6 libfreetype.so.6.old

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Keerthana Ramesh
Keerthana Ramesh on 18 Aug 2022
Moved: Walter Roberson on 18 Aug 2022
Hi,
While launching MATLAB, if you receive the following error, there is a possibility that you might be using a different version of Java than the one shipped with MATLAB.
“ERROR: Warning: An error occurred while reading the desktop configuration file”
In order to check the version of Java that MATLAB is using, launch MATLAB and run the following command:
>> version -java
Check for a MATLAB_JAVA environment variable set on your system. If a MATLAB_JAVA environment variable is set, remove it and relaunch MATLAB twice to see if the issue persists.
If this does not help, it is also possible to resolve this via the following commands:
>> restoredefaultpath
>> rehash toolboxcache
>> savepath
I hope this information resolves the issue you are facing.
Thanks,
Keerthana

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