Installing Matlab 2008b Student on Mac Snow Leopard 10.6.6

When installing Matlab 2008b Student Version on Mac OSX 10.6.6, I got an exception error that said something like:

Cant load library: /Applications/MATLAB_R2008bSV.app/bin/maci64/libinstutil.jnilib

It turns out that Matlab 2008b is 32 bit, but the installer was running as 64 bit because of the Java preferences. Installation worked after I followed notes from this Matlab Central post.

Using the Java Preferences application (in /Applications/Utilities) go to the General tab, and at the bottom, under Java Applications, drag to reorder “Java SE 6 32-bit” to come before “Java SE 6 64-bit”. I only needed to do this while I was trying to run the activation program that is required before Matlab will run; after that you can reset the Java preferences to their original values.

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