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Dependency Analyzer Scope and Limitations

Analysis Scope

The Dependency Analyzer identifies the required files and add-ons for your project or model. The analysis covers a wide range of dependencies, including model references, subsystem references, linked libraries, MATLAB® and C/C++ code, Stateflow® charts, data files, S-functions, and requirements documents.

When the Dependency Analyzer encounters MATLAB code, such as in a model or block callback, or in a .m file S-function, it attempts to identify the files it references. For more information, see Analysis Limitations.

For files under the MATLAB root folder, the Dependency Analyzer only shows required products. It does not analyze dependencies.

The Dependency Analyzer identifies dependencies inside user-defined add-ons and dependencies that were introduced by code generation or by MATLAB code in model parameters. These options are off by default because they can be time consuming for large designs.

To specify the scope of the analysis, in the Dependency Analyzer toolstrip, click Analyze and select one or more of the following options:

C/C++ CodeOnAnalyze dependencies introduced by C/C++ code files.
Add-OnsOffAnalyze dependencies inside add-ons.
Model ParametersOffAnalyze dependencies introduced by MATLAB code in model block parameters.
Generated Code TraceabilityOffAnalyze dependencies introduced by code generated from a model.

Analysis Limitations

  • The Dependency Analyzer has limitations specific to MATLAB code analysis:

    • The Dependency Analyzer only identifies function input arguments when they are literal character vectors or strings:

      load mydatafile

      If you define a file name as a variable and pass it to a function, the Dependency Analyzer is unable to identify the dependency. In the following example, since the code is not executed, the Dependency Analyzer does not have the value of str. The Dependency Analyzer might report a missing dependency.

      str = "mydatafile";
      This limitation extends to functions similar to load, such as fopen, xlsread, importdata, dlmread, eval, or imread.

    • The Dependency Analyzer does not always determine type automatically. Depending on the way you call an object method, the Dependency Analyzer might confuse a method with a function and report a missing dependency.

      In MATLAB, you can call an object method in two different ways. For example, for an object p, you can call the method addFile using the function notation:

      p = currentProject;
      or by using the dot notation:
      p = currentProject;
      If you do not declare the type of p explicitly, the Dependency Analyzer might confuse a method call that uses a function notation with a function call. The analyzer reports addFile as a missing dependency.

      To work around this limitation, use dot notation to call a method or use arguments to explicitly declare the variable type in your function:

      function myfunction(p)
            p matlab.project.Project

    • The Dependency Analyzer does not report a dependency to a class that is referenced using a method call.

  • When analyzing a file, the Dependency Analyzer does not consider the context in which it is called. When a file A calls a file B, the Dependency Analyzer does not know about data used in B but defined in A. The Dependency Analyzer reports this data as a missing file. To work around this limitation, pass this data explicitly using function input arguments.

    For example, when you analyze a Simulink® subsystem that is referenced in a model that links to a data dictionary and the subsystem uses an enumeration that you define in the data dictionary, the analysis cannot access the enumeration and reports this data as a missing file.

  • The Dependency Analyzer might not report certain blocksets required by a model.

    The Dependency Analyzer is unable to detect blocksets that do not introduce dependencies on any files, such as Fixed-Point Designer™.

    To include dependencies that the analysis cannot detect, add the file that introduces the dependency to your project. To create a project from your model, see Create a Project from a Model.

  • The Dependency Analyzer might not detect required support packages. It lists required add-ons, including apps and toolboxes.

  • The Dependency Analyzer might not report dependencies for dynamic content in masked blocks.

    Based on the parameters of the masked blocks, dynamic masks can modify the masked subsystem and change the block dependencies. If the dynamic mask is in a library, the Dependency Analyzer is unable to detect the dynamic changes.

  • The Dependency Analyzer does not support Simulink functions called from MATLAB function blocks.

  • Some MathWorks® products and add-ons share code and Simulink libraries. The Dependency Analyzer might report dependencies on all of them.

    To investigate where shared code is used, in the Properties panel, in the Products section, point to a product under Shared Functionalities Among: and click the search folder icon .

  • The Dependency Analyzer analyzes project code without evaluating its content, therefore:

    • The Dependency Analyzer does not add global variables in executed functions.

    • The Dependency Analyzer analyzes code inside logic statements, even if it is not executed. In the following example, the code is not executed but the Dependency Analyzer reports a missing dependency on Simulink.

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