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How can I force MATLAB 7.9 (R2009b) to wait for an EXE file to complete before continuing with the MATLAB script or function?

I call an executable (EXE) file in one of my MATLAB scripts. Now I want MATLAB to wait until the EXE file finishes its task as the code that follows the call requires outputs from the EXE.

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Answer by MathWorks Support Team on 5 Dec 2012
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You can use MATLAB to check if a particular process is running on the system and make MATLAB wait until this process is closed.
Here is a simple example that uses a DOS function SLEEP as the executable. Attached are two files testRun.m and isprocess.m. You will need the isprocess.m file to check the system processes for a particular exe.
testRun shows a sample:
% Do some tasks
% Call sleep.exe for 30 seconds
% (sleep makes dos "idle" for the given time, simulating if the exe were running)
!sleep 30 &
% MATLAB will continue execution once EXE is launched
disp('MATLAB continues after calling EXE')
% Check to see if the EXE process exists
flag = true;
while flag
disp('EXE still running');
flag = isprocess('sleep.exe'); % isprocess is the function attached. Place it on the MATLAB path.
pause(1) % check every 1 second
end
disp('EXE Done')
disp('continuing with MATLAB script')

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