problems with matlab windows (both editor and command line windows) when using R2016a on ubuntu 16.04

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I'm using matlab R2016a on ubuntu 16.04 (64 bits). I'm having problems with the matlab windows (both editor and command line windows). The problem occurs quite reliably every time I use the debugger.
In that case, when I write on the command line or just scroll it up and down, overlapped characters and images appear which make it basically unusable (please see attached png).
There is also a similar problem happening with the editor window: when I use breakpoints, edit the code in the editor window and scroll it up and down, overlapping symbols appear in the "line number" tab (please see attached png; actually I only have one or two breakpoints, all the other symbols are due to the bug).
I use metacity but I also tried other windows manager for ubuntu (compiz, unity) and the problem persists.
Thank you for any help
Screenshots of the command line window:
Screenshots of the editor window:
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 1 Aug 2017
R2016b is the first version qualified for 16.04 LTS. There were some graphics libraries issues that made it a nuisance to get R2016a working on 16.04 LTS.

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Mindaugas on 4 Feb 2017
Edited: Mindaugas on 27 Mar 2017
I also had same problem in Linux (Intel graphics card) with MATLAB R2015b, R2016b, R2017a. Workaround is use other JAVA runtime environement. I recommend install and use JAVA 1.8 from Oracle (not Open JDK):
MATLAB_JAVA=/usr/java/jre1.8.0_101/ /usr/local/MATLAB/R2016b/bin/matlab -desktop
Paolo Mesiano
Paolo Mesiano on 27 Jul 2017
Hi! I have the same problem (Ubuntu 16.04) and I tried to use your solution but without success.
After installing the proper java version, I run the command you wrote but I get this error: "Unable to find java library. Please check if you have a MATLAB_JAVA environment variable"
Could you be more specific on how to solve the problem?

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Shannon on 1 Jun 2018
Was there a solution for this for Matlab 2017a on Ubuntu 18.04? I'm having the same issue and these solutions aren't working for me.


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