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exportToZip: Identifies the dependencies of an M-file and creates a ZIP file

exportToZip: Identifies the dependencies of an M-file and creates a ZIP file


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11 Apr 2006 (Updated )

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function zipfilename = exportToZip(funcname,zipfilename)
%EXPORTTOZIP - Creates a ZIP file containing all dependencies of a function
% zipfilename = exportToZip(funcname)
% zipfilename = exportToZip(funcname,zipfilename)
% All M-files which are required by the specified function(s) and which are
% not inside MATLAB's "toolbox" directory.
% funcname is one or more function names, as a string or cell array of strings.
% If no zipfilename is specified, the ZIP file is created in the current
% working directory with name where X is the first function name in
% the supplied list.  The file names in the ZIP file are relative to the
% common root directory directory of all the required files.  If no
% common root directory can be established (e.g. if files are on
% different drives) an error is thrown.

% Copyright 2006-2010 The MathWorks, Inc.

if ~iscell(funcname)
    funcname = {funcname};

if isempty(funcname)
    error('No function names specified');

if ~iscellstr(funcname)
    error('Function names must be strings');

if nargin<2
    zipfilename = fullfile(pwd,[ funcname{1} '.zip' ]);

req = cell(size(funcname));
for i=1:numel(funcname)
    req{i} = mydepfun(funcname{i},1); % recursive
req = vertcat(req{:}); % cell arrays of full file names
req = unique(req);

% Find the common root directory
d = i_root_directory(req);
% Calculate relative paths for all required files.
n = numel(d);
for i=1:numel(req)
    % This is the bit that can't be vectorised
    req{i} = req{i}(n+1:end); % step over last character (which is the separator)

fprintf(1,'Created %s with %d entries\n',zipfilename,numel(req));

% Identifies the common root directory of all files in cell array "req"
function d = i_root_directory(req)

d = i_parent(req{1});
for i=1:numel(req)
    t = i_parent(req{i});
    if strncmp(t,d,numel(d))
        % req{i} is in directory d.  Next file.
    % req{i} is not in directory d.  Up one directory.
    count = 1;
    while true
        % Remove trailing separator before calling fileparts.  Add it
        % again afterwards.
        tempd = i_parent(d(1:end-1));
        if strcmp(d,tempd)
            % fileparts didn't find us a higher directory
            error('Failed to find common root directory for %s and %s',req{1},req{i});
        d = tempd;
        if strncmp(t,d,numel(d))
            % req{i} is in directory d.  Next file.
        % Safety measure for untested platform.
        count = count+1;
        if count>1000
            error('Bug in i_root_directory.');

function d = i_parent(d)
% Identifies the parent directory, including a trailing separator

% Include trailing separator in all comparisons so we don't assume that
% file C:\tempX\file.txt is in directory C:\temp
d = fileparts(d);
if d(end)~=filesep
    d = [d filesep];

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