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Is it possible to run terminal commands from matlab ??

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hello I am trying to run a command in terminal using Matlab
First,I need to change directory to a specific directory first using Matlab then I need run a command this command will be repeated 200 times but with different file names.
I do not want to keep entering the same command 200 times Not to mention when I enter the command to run the simulation, the terminals reply back asking me to confirm with y or n so I need to send 'y' for (yes) character too. is such thing possible or should I do it manually ?? I hope I get some guidance on what I need to search for exactly
thank you so much haggag
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mostafa haggag
mostafa haggag on 21 Apr 2018
What i usually do in Ubuntu I open terminal then i write an ssh command to connect to another pc and then i am asked for my password I change my home directory to the place the program is For example Cd palm/current_version Then i write the command Mrun - d filename........ (this line of Mrun is the one that need to be repeated many times) So

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 20 Apr 2018
Edited: Walter Roberson on 20 Apr 2018
project_dir = '....';         %the place the files are
input_extension = 'dat';    %change as needed
output_extension = 'out';   %change as needed
cmd_pattern = '"C:\Program Files (x15)\Plan8\frobber.exe" -i "%s" -o "%s" < "%s"');
if ~exist(project_dir, 'dir')
  error('Input directory does not exist, "%s"', project_dir);
end
dinfo = dir( fullfile(project_dir, ['*.', input_extension] ) );
if isempty(dinfo);
  error('No files of appropriate type in "%s", project_dir);
end
file_names = {dinfo.name};
sayyes_file = [tempname() '.yes'];
fid = fopen(sayyes_file, 'wt');
if fid < 0
  error('Could not write temporary file: "%s"', sayyes_file);
end
fprintf(fid, 'y\n');
fclose(fid);
olddir= cd(project_dir);
for K = 1 : length(file_names)
  this_file = file_names{K};
  [~, basename, ~] = fileparts(this_file);
  outfilename = fullfile(project_dir, [basename '.' output_extension]);
  cmd = sprintf(cmd_pattern, this_file, outfilename, sayyes_file);
  try
    [status, output] = system(cmd);
    if status ~= 0
      fprintf('something went wrong processing "%s", continuing\n', this_file);
    end
  catch ME
     cd(olddir);
     error('Hard failure processing "%s", giving up', this_file);
  end
end
cd(olddir);
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Paul Shoemaker
Paul Shoemaker on 20 Apr 2018
Edited: Walter Roberson on 20 Apr 2018
Have you looked at the "system" and "dos" functions in Matlab? It sounds like they might do what you need.
Paul Shoemaker

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