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Does checkcode return the status of the "Message indicator box", i.e. red/orange/green ?

Asked by per isakson on 27 Nov 2012

I search for an automatic way to find out if a file has a syntax error. That is, to find the same piece of information that the Code Analyzer indicates with red in the "Message indicator box" of the editor.

I took for granted that checkcode provides the information corresponding to the colors of the "Message indicator box".

Doc (R2012a) says:

    [...] checkcode('filename') displays messages, sometimes referred to as 
    Code Analyzer messages, [...]

thus, I tried

    info = checkcode( filespec );


    info = checkcode( filespec, '-id' );

However, I cannot find the piece of information I need. isempty(info) equal to true indicates green, but, I cannot figure out how to find an indicator for red. (Not empty indicates red or orange.)

One way would be to have a list of the ID, which stands for errors.

I did check


Image Analyst on 30 Nov 2012

Sounds like he's trying to make his own mlint functionality. Not sure why since this functionality already exists in MATLAB.

Sean de Wolski on 30 Nov 2012

It sounds like he'd like to be able to test whether a file has syntax errors before running it - sounds fair to me...

per isakson on 30 Nov 2012

Yes, I want to check for syntax errors as the first step when running a test suite.

per isakson


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2 Answers

Answer by Yair Altman on 1 Dec 2012
Edited by Yair Altman on 8 Dec 2012
Accepted answer

I must admit that I have it on my articles TODO list for quite some time...

Here's something to get you started: (continue reading down the thread)

Related: (oddly enough, you were part of that thread, Per...)

Also related:

In summary, you could simply do:

errMsgs = mlint('-m2',srcFileNames); % m2 = errors only
m1Msgs  = mlint('-m1',srcFileNames); % m1 = errors and severe warnings only
allMsgs = mlint('-m0',srcFileNames); % m0 = all errors and warnings

Note that mlint returns the data in struct format, while mlintmex returns a string that you must parse.

Yair Altman


Yair Altman
Answer by Sean de Wolski on 30 Nov 2012

It looks like you could use try/catch and do an isempty check on the ME.stack:

X = [pi    
for ii = 1:3


catch ME;

Now to test:



Sean de Wolski

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