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Using MacOS Catalina and can't import any file at all in MATLAB

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Ida on 1 Nov 2020
Commented: Walter Roberson on 6 Nov 2020
I'm fairly inexperienced at Matlab and I'm not able to import the .xlsx or .txt files I need, whenever i try I'm just reciving errors such as line 198 and line 157 stating that Matlab is unable to find or open the files i try to import and that I should check the filename and file permissions. What i have tried/checked:
  • Updated Matlab to MATLAB_R2020b
  • Checked my preferences in Security and Privacy
  • data = readmatrix("filename.txt")
  • data = readatable('filename.xlsx')
  • exist('filename'), % I get 0
I really don't know what more I can try, but after searching around a bit it seems like more people are having problems with Matlab and OS not cooperating properly. Could anyone please help? Thank you.
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 1 Nov 2020
is it possible that you are getting information about the filename from the user, or by using dir(), and you are storing the name of the file in a variable named filename and then you are trying to read from "filename.txt" as a quoted string? If you have a variable that is holding the file name then you need to pass the variable to the reading routine instead of "filename"
For example
data = readmatrix(filename);
ff = [filename '.txt'];
data = readmatrix(ff) ;

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drummer on 1 Nov 2020
Edited: drummer on 1 Nov 2020
Did you add the paths the files are placed so MATLAB can see them?
You can set the path by clicking in the refered button in environment section under Home tab.
Trying only to read the filename if it is not indicated to MATLAB where it is won't work.

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