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Show the command window from engine application on Mac

Asked by Szabolcs on 19 Feb 2013

Is it possible to show the MATLAB command window when using a MATLAB Engine application, and running on OS X? (I know there's engSetVisible() but it only works on Windows.)

The reason I'm asking is that I noticed that most GUI elements do work: I can create a figure, show the documentation window using 'doc' or the command history window using 'commandhistory'. The 'commandwindow' command seems to do nothing though.

3 Comments

Amro on 19 Feb 2013

try to evaluate (engEvalString) the following command:

   com.mathworks.mde.desk.MLDesktop.getInstance.showCommandWindow

or use something like: http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/16330, or http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/32005-cmdwintool

Szabolcs on 19 Feb 2013

@Amro That actually works and it shows the command window! But it also breaks the engine session (engine functions won't return any more). I guess this is a hard limitation on OS X / Linux due to how the engine sends commands to MATLAB (the connection is through a unix pipe, but I'm not sure about the details).

Is there a similar command for hiding it? I'm just curious if it'd restore engine functionality (probably not).

Amro on 19 Feb 2013

try this, no guarantees :)

    com.mathworks.mde.desk.MLDesktop.getInstance.getMainFrame.setVisible(0)
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