23 February 2011

matlab libXp.so.6 missing

If durring the install for matlab you recieve this error:

update/bin/glnx86/xsetup: error while loading shared libraries: libXp.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

try install the libxp-dev package:

apt-get install libxp6 libxp-dev
yum install libXp libXp-devel

MathWorks official answer: MathWorks support solution 1-12E9FJ via MathWorks Tech Notes

This library has to do with "X Printing Extension (Xprint) client library"

My method for finding this solution (before MathWorks posted solution 1-12E9FJ) may work in other cases. I'm seeing searchs for libxmu.so.6 that end up on my site. What I do fist when I have a missing library error, like these, is go to http://packages.debian.org or packages.ubuntu.com depending on the OS. then I so a package contents search for the library and my OS version. Ie:

packages.debian.org >> "Search the contents of packages" >> "paths ending with the keyword" >> Distrobution: testing >> Architecture: AMD64 >> libxp.so.6 >> search

This should yield the necessary package. I then check if I have said package installed.
dpkg -s ::packagename::
If it's not then I install it.
sudo apt-get install ::packagename::
other wise you have a bigger problem and should consult Google or generally more helpful the official IRC support channel for you OS.


  1. ....or "ln -svi /usr/lib/$(dpkg-architecture -qDEB_HOST_MULTIARCH)/libXp.so.6 /usr/local/lib/", in case you have already installed libxp6 and matlab still can't find it....

    1. Yupp, that works to! Thanks for the additional input.