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Specifically how do you get a successful compilation of mengine? I tried the following:

sudo make -f Makefile.lin64

and got the following output:

g++ -O -Wall -I/usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/11.0/Executables/../SystemFiles/Links/MathLink/DeveloperKit/Linux-x86-64/CompilerAdditions -I/usr/local/MATLAB/R2016a/bin/../extern/include -L/usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/11.0/Executables/../SystemFiles/Links/MathLink/DeveloperKit/Linux-x86-64/CompilerAdditions -L/usr/local/MATLAB/R2016a/bin/../bin/glnxa64 menginetm.cpp mengine.cpp set.cpp get.cpp main.cpp -Wl,-rpath-link,/usr/local/MATLAB/R2016a/bin/../bin/glnxa64/ -DMLINTERFACE=3 -lML64i3 -luuid -lmx -leng -o mengine
set.cpp: In function ‘void eng_make_String(const short unsigned int*, int)’:
set.cpp:160:31: warning: narrowing conversion of ‘len’ from ‘int’ to ‘mwSize {aka long unsigned int}’ inside { } is ill-formed in C++11 [-Wnarrowing]
     mwSize mbDims[2] = {1, len};
                               ^
In file included from /usr/include/c++/4.9.2/cassert:43:0,
                 from set.cpp:13:
set.cpp: In function ‘void eng_make_Struct()’:
set.cpp:192:39: warning: comparison between signed and unsigned integer expressions [-Wsign-compare]
     assert(mxGetNumberOfElements(var) == len);
                                       ^
/bin/ld: cannot find -luuid
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
Makefile.lin64:21: recipe for target 'mengine' failed
make: *** [mengine] Error 1
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  • $\begingroup$ Don't use sudo for this, it should not be necessary. Even though in this case I could see what was wrong without additional information, please always give the following information with future requests: MATLAB version, Linux distro & version, gcc version, and the output of MATLink`Developer`GetInfo[]. $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Sep 19 '16 at 8:55
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When something goes wrong with MATLink, the first thing to do is to go to its troubleshooting page:

There, under the Linux heading, you'll find a reminder of the basic requirements for MATLink to compile/work. Among them,

  • Ensure that development libraries for libuuid are installed. On Ubuntu, use apt-get install uuid-dev

Additionally (just in case this comes up later), it is important to use a C compiler compatible with your version of MATLAB. The compiler requirements are listed by MathWorks for each MATLAB version. You'll find them here for R2016b (click "Linux" at the top): it is gcc 4.9.x. For R2016a it is gcc 4.8.x. Older gcc will not work.

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