Calling custom Python (.py) files will not update with new file saves

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Damir
Damir on 14 Sep 2017
Commented: Akshay Jajoo on 8 Sep 2021
Hello,
I am currently running R2016a and am interacting with Python 2.7. The script works as intended, and successfully calls the desired .py file (dubbed "master#.py") when needed, using the following commands:
py.importlib.import_module('master14'); ser = py.master14.open_serial_port(); ...
However each time I change and re-save master#.py, Matlab will not recognize any changes I've made and will continue to call on the previous version (that is why I'm currently on #14, because I need to keep changing the file name with each save). This greatly slows down progress because all calls to the .py file then need to be changed in the Matlab code. I have tried deleting the previous .py and .pyc files before re-saving, but that does not work. I suspect that when Matlab first calls on the file, it copies or moves it to another location, so that when I am deleting it from its original spot, the copy remains and is called again with the next run. I don't know where to even begin looking in the file directory to confirm this, however. Additionally, clear commands (i.e., clear all, clear caches, etc.) have not worked, and searching the .py file name in the Matlab dir does not even bring up results.
Has anybody encountered a similar problem??
(BONUS: if you could also advise on how to transfer numeric arrays from Python to Matlab that would be beautiful; I'm currently running a loop that pulls a single value at a time from Python, but the array can be as large as 7000!) Thank you!!

Answers (1)

Robert Snoeberger
Robert Snoeberger on 18 Sep 2017
Edited: Robert Snoeberger on 18 Sep 2017
You need to reload the module after you change and re-save the .py file. The documentation describes the workflow for making the reloaded module available in MATLAB [1].

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