Loading Files into Codegen Files

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Greg on 18 Apr 2012
Edited: Carlos Pereira on 9 May 2016
Is there any good way to load data from files (hopefully MAT-files) into a Matlab function that will be going through the Matlab coder? I've been looking into using a bunch of coder.eval calls into the C MAT-file library, but it looks like this process is going to be exceedingly painful and I'm not entirely sure it will let me return arrays anyway, since ceval can only return Scalars...
Any ideas?
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Carlos Pereira
Carlos Pereira on 9 May 2016
Edited: Carlos Pereira on 9 May 2016
Dear friends,
I have a quite similar problem. Using MATLAB coder I want to convert a matlab function to mex file. Furthermore, on this function I called a matrix (2001x2 double) from a MAT file. I´m not getting a way to make it. With the "testReadMAT" I can´t call the matrix from .MAT in "X". I think you had the same problem and, if it´s possible, help me for fix it.
I´m looking forward for answers from any users!!!!

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Kaustubha Govind
Kaustubha Govind on 18 Apr 2012
I think using coder.ceval is the right way to do this. Also, coder.ceval can return arrays/matrices. You just need to pre-allocate the return value so that it knows that type to expect. I haven't tried this before though, so please post back if you run into specific issues.
coder.ceval does indeed return only scalar values as mentioned in the documentation. I was able to generate code for this operation using this MATLAB code:
function X = testReadMAT()
if ~isempty(coder.target)
X = 0;
SS_Table_file = coder.opaque('MATFile *');
SS_Table_file = coder.ceval('matOpen','datatable.mat','r');
Xp = coder.opaque('mxArray *');
Xp = coder.ceval('matGetVariable',SS_Table_file,'X');
coder.ceval('matClose', SS_Table_file);
X = coder.ceval('mxGetPr',Xp);
>> codegen -c -config:exe testReadMAT.m
There is still work to be done to build the code against the MAT-file API however.
Kaustubha Govind
Kaustubha Govind on 19 Apr 2012
Greg: Sorry about my earlier answer! Yes, you are correct that coder.ceval only returns scalar values. It does indeed say so clearly in the documentation page for coder.ceval.
I was actually able to generate code using your second approach. I will edit my answer to provide the code.

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Greg on 28 Apr 2012
I've tried running code identical to what you had there, and I can't get it to compile. (I think it does successfully codegen, but the generated code doesn't compile). I'm trying to do this through the Simulink "Matlab Function" block which uses the Coder. When it tries to compile the code, I get a lot of errors like "'MATFile' : undeclared identifier", which says to me that the "mat.h" library file isn't being included, but I can't find anywhere to include it. I've tried adding "C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012\bin\win32\mat.h" to the "Libraries" box (that being where "libmat.dll" lives) in the Simulation Target -> Custom Code GUI, but that doesn't seem to help. If i just try a coder.ceval('#include "mat.h"'), I get a whole lot of noise in the compilation about "syntax error : missing ';' before 'type'".
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Kaustubha Govind
Kaustubha Govind on 30 Apr 2012
The location of mat.h is $matlabroot/extern/include/mat.h, so you need to make sure that "C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2012\extern\include\mat.h" exists and add it using a #include statement. That is, under "Header File" add #include "mat.h" and under "Include Directories", add the path.

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1 1 on 25 Nov 2013
Hi Kaustubha, can you please explain how i can use coder to return matrix, i tried to use your trick mentioned above without success. Thanks in advance. Avi

Ryan Livingston
Ryan Livingston on 26 Nov 2013
The function coder.load is now supported which loads data from a MAT file at compile-time as constants:
The syntax is basically the same as LOAD in MATLAB.
Also, LOAD is now supported in MEX. Search for load here for more details:


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