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Create special contents.m files or a summary of all m-files.


Updated 25 Jul 2002

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For those who don't know: in MATLAB a contents.m file is used by the help command. "help dir" will show the contents of the contents.m file. If no file exists, the H1 line in the m-files is used.

I wanted a little more info, so these functions read the entire Help-text in the m-files (the part before the body). Those are then written in a contents.m file. If one already exists, it is overwritten. This is done for the entire path under the specified directory. Instead of creating a contents file in every dir, a summary.txt can be created. This is the same as above, but contains all help-texts in one file.

The function that does all this is called 'create_help_files'. It needs 2 arguments:

1)string, the dir
2) integer, option:
1->create contents files
2->create summary.

If you want the entire m-file instead of just the summaries, use 'collectcode' by Brett Shoelson. Also available on this website.

Cite As

Mark Jobse (2021). Create_help_files (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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Created with R12.1
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