How to initiate a linux (shell) command from matlab but not wait for the output?

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I know I can use the function unix (or system), but it has to wait the script to return. The script actually will run for a long time. I prefer matlab function to return immediately after calling the shell script. Is it possible?
Thanks a lot in advance!

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Ken Atwell
Ken Atwell on 13 Jul 2013
If you end the command line with an ampersand, system should return immediately
system('some-long-running-command &');
Of course, you won't be able to capture the output of the command.
esmail on 17 Feb 2015
Hi. My problem is that I'm running multiple files with & in the background and am using system('wait') for all of them to complete. However, system('wait') is not working. I'd appreciate your response.

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