Matlab on Ubuntu 14.04

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LM on 19 May 2016
Commented: LM on 20 May 2016
I am downloading matlab onto my new computer and keep getting an error message with the folder selection part. I want to use default /usr/local/MATLAB/R2016a but every time I click next it pops up with a message "Failed to create folder..."

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Steven Lord
Steven Lord on 19 May 2016
Does that folder exist already?
Do you have write permission to that folder?
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LM on 20 May 2016
I figured it out. I had to use the gksu command because sudo wasn't working.

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Todd Leonhardt
Todd Leonhardt on 19 May 2016
On Ubuntu you need sudo privileges to write to /usr. So either preface the install script with sudo or install to a directory within your home directory.
NOTE: If you are using a per-user license, it may be a good idea to install in your home directory anyways. But if you are using a node-locked license, then you really should use sudo (or get someone with that permission to do so), to install in the default location.
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LM on 20 May 2016
I figured it out! The sudo command wasn't working, I should have mentioned that in my question, I had to use the gksu command. Apparently this is a fairly common problem.

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