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Set MATLAB as default for .m files in Ubuntu without opening an empty editor

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According to the previous thread, MATLAB can be made to open .m files by default in Ubuntu by editing the matlab.desktop file (usually in /usr/share/applications) and changing:
Exec=matlab -desktop
Exec=matlab -desktop -r "edit %f"
This has the side effect that opening MATLAB from its icon causes an empty editor window to be open. Can anyone advise how to avoid this? It looks like using X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts may help, but I cannot figure out how to make just opening the command window the default and opening the editor to happen only if a file is specified.

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