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Add same to different paths

Asked by Priya
on 11 Jun 2013

I have a folder, which has some excel sheets. These excel sheets are taken as input for my code.

I am using cd and addpath and rmpath functiions to automatically run this script in different folders.

I need to run this code in 5 different folders. Input files in folders are same. There are around 800 input files. I dont want to copy paste these files in all 5 folders.

Is there any way by which I could call the files from one folder as input in all 5 different folders while running code.

I tried using shortcuts , but it did not work.



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Answer by Jan Simon
on 11 Jun 2013
Edited by Jan Simon
on 11 Jun 2013
 Accepted answer

You can address a file using the full path:

Folder = 'C:\DataPath';  % Set accordingly
List   = dir(fullfile(Folder, '*.xlsx');
for iList = 1:length(List)
  File = fullfile(Folder, List(iList).name);
  ... Operations with the file here

Now accessing the files is independent from th current folder.


on 12 Jun 2013

copy the files to your current directory?

give your pdbread function the full filename (which includes path)

Jan Simon
on 12 Jun 2013

@Priya: I still do not understand, why you have to copy the files or why they must be found in the current folder. I have shown you already, how you can access a file in a specific folder using the folder's name and the fullfile() command. Please explain why you do not want to use the full path name to the files.

And of course yo do not have to use a FOR loop. It appears in my example code only as example. The main point is the fullfile().

@Jan and @lain :Thanks, I combined both suggestions and it worked

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