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Richard Crozier


06 Sep 2013 (Updated )

Performs regular expression replacement in a file or files

function regexprepfile(filename,exp,repstr)
% Replace string in one or more files using regular expressions.
% Syntax
% regexprepfile(filename,exp,repstr)
% Description
% regexprepfile(filename,exp,repstr) performs a regular expression
% replacement using the pattern exp in the file filename with the string
% repstr. exp, repstr may also be cell arrays of strings of the same size,
% in which case the replacement is performed for each pair by performing a
% regexprep using corresponding elements of the inputs. Alternatively
% repstr may be a string and exp a cell array, in this case the single
% string repstr will replace all the patterns in exp
% filename may also be a cell array of strings, each a file name, in which
% case the replacement is perfromed for each file.
% See also regexprep, strrepfile

    if ~iscellstr(filename) && ischar(filename)
        filename = {filename};
    elseif ~iscellstr(filename)
        error('filename must be a string or cell array of strings containing file locations.')
    for i = 1:numel(filename)
        if exist(filename{i}, 'file') ~= 2
            error('file %s not found', filename{i});
        if iscellstr(exp) && iscellstr(repstr) 
            if ~samesize(exp, repstr)
                error('If two cell arrays of strings are supplied, all dimensions must be the same size')
        elseif iscellstr(exp) && ischar(repstr)
            % replicate string in exp to make cell array same size as repstr
            repstr = repmat({repstr}, size(exp));
        elseif ischar(exp) && iscellstr(repstr)
            % throw an error
            error('exp cannot be a string if repstr is a cell array of strings.')
        elseif ischar(exp) && ischar(repstr)
            % convert strings to scalar cell arrays
            exp = {exp};
            repstr = {repstr};
            error('exp and repstr must be two cell arrays of strings of the same size, or a combination of cell string array and strings, or two strings')
        [pathstr, name, ext] = fileparts(filename{i});
        [origfid, msg] = fopen(fullfile(pathstr, [name, ext]), 'r');
        % create a temporary file to write the replaced string version of
        % the file to
        tempfilename = [tempname, ext];
        [tempfid, msg] = fopen(tempfilename, 'w');

        % check the files were opened properly
        if tempfid == -1 && origfid == -1
            error('error opening both search and temporary file');
        elseif tempfid == -1
            origstatus = fclose(origfid);
            if origstatus == -1
                error('Error opening temporary file, and also now unable to close original file.');
                error('Error opening temporary file.');
        elseif origfid == -1
            error('Error opening search file.');

        while 1
            tline = fgets(origfid);
            if tline ~= -1
                for ii = 1:numel(exp)
                    tline = regexprep(tline, exp{ii}, repstr{ii});
                fprintf(tempfid, '%s', tline);
                tempstatus = fclose(tempfid);
                origstatus = fclose(origfid);
                if tempstatus == -1 && origstatus == -1
                    error('error closing both search and temporary file');
                elseif tempstatus == -1
                    error('Error closing temporary file.');
                elseif origstatus == -1
                    error('Error closing search file.');
        % now copy over the new file to the original location
        [status,message,messageid] = copyfile(tempfilename, fullfile(pathstr, [name, ext]));
        % if there was a problem rethrow the error
        if status == 0
            rethrow(struct('message', message, 'identifier', messageid));


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