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Topic: Matlab Preserves Data in Memory, Even After I run ‘clearvars’
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Steven Lord

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Re: Matlab Preserves Data in Mem
ory, Even After I run ‘clearvars

Posted: Dec 5, 2012 12:52 PM
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"Ryan " <> wrote in message
> So, I run this code:
> d = dir('C:\Users\Excel\Desktop\Excel_Files\*.xls*'); nfiles = length(d);
> for k = 1:nfiles
> n=int2str(k);
> eval(['[num' n ', txt' n ', raw' n '] = xlsread(d(k).name,1);']);

Don't do this! See question 6 in the Programming section of the newsgroup
FAQ instead!

> end
> Everything imports fine. However, if I change some data, and re-run the
> code, I get what I had initially, NOT the changed data. So, I run
> ?clearvars?, and try again; I get the initial data. Then, I deleted ALL
> Excel files in the folder and run the code. I get 0; this is what I?d
> expect. However, if I create a new Excel file, and name it Book1, and put
> it in that same folder as before, I get what was in the FIRST Book1, not
> the ACTUAL/NEW Book1. This makes no sense whatsoever. It's like Matlab
> preserves things in it's memory, even after I run 'clearvars'. It can't
> be like that. There?s no practical application for that kind of thing.

MATLAB should not be doing what you describe, so there's some information
about what you're doing that you haven't stated. Tell the group the EXACT
procedure you follow to reproduce this problem or send that exact procedure
to Technical Support. Readers or support staff that don't have your data
files should be able to use this procedure to try to reproduce the problem

Some suggestions for information to include in your procedure:

1) State the exact contents of the Excel file. When you make a change,
describe exactly the change you make.
2) Following any modification to the Excel file, make sure you SAVE to
ensure the changes you're trying to read have been committed to disk.
3) Try using a different location on disk. In particular, I'm not sure if
Windows handles the Desktop directory specially; try using the temp
directory and see if you can still reproduce the behavior.

Steve Lord
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