How do I set the initial state of a Simulink block programatically?

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Filip Ponulak
Filip Ponulak on 1 Feb 2011
I am trying to set the initial state for selected blocks in my Simulink model (not for the whole model). According to MATLAB manual, you can use getBlockSimState & setBlockSimState to access and modify SimState of individual blocks.
However, this is not very well documented and I always get an error when trying to use those functions. Is there an example of the correct syntax or is there another recommended way of setting the state?

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MarkB on 1 Feb 2011
The easiest way to set the initial state of a block from MATLAB code is to use the "set_param" command. This is essentially the programmatic way to populate a block's dialog. The command uses the following format:
set_param( 'model_name/system_name/block_name', 'parameter_name', 'new_parameter_value' )
The "parameter_name" will vary from block-type to block-type, but you can find out the name of a give block's state (It is usually close to the text in the dialog) in the help under "Block-Specific Parameters". The "new_parameter_value" is usually a string that represents the text that you would have typed in the dialog fields.

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