Mar 9, 2011

MATLAB will crash when using FIGURE or PLOT function. Solution to version R2008b on Mac OS

I use MatLab R2008b all the time. But after I upgrade my Mac OS, it always crashes when the PLOT or FIGURE function is called.

Now MathWorks post the solution as the following,

The crash is possibly related to upgrading the Mac OS to version 10.5.8 or 10.6.8. This issue has been seen in MATLAB R2007a, R2007b, and R2008a, including both Professional and Student versions. Please note that OS 10.6 is not officially suported for MATLAB R2007a, R2007b, and R2008a.

Configurations reported with this crash:


Mac OS 10.6.8 with Java 1.6.0_26

Mac OS 10.5.8 with Java 1.5.0_30


If MatLab upgrading is not an option, as a workaround, replace a statement in the file as follows:

< Step 1 >: Close MATLAB, if there is any session open.

< Step 2 >: Locate the file, '' as follows, In Terminal or xterm , type:

open -a TextEdit /Applications/MATLAB_R2008a/bin/

< Step 3 >: Open the file in the editor to replace a line as follows,

Navigate to Line 407,

if [ "$DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH" != "" ]; then





Change the line "DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH=" to "DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH=/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Libraries"

< Step 5 >:
Save the changes by pressing "Command" + "s" keys.

< Step 6 >:
Restart MATLAB.


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