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can we run codes from 2nd line onwards?

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I am running my codes externally i.e. calling one *.m file from another using "run(filename)" command.
Can I call this run(filename) from 2nd line onwards or can i skip few lines?
As first line contains clear command, it clears all the previous variables.
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Stephen23
Stephen23 on 9 Feb 2021
"As first line contains clear command, it clears all the previous variables."
A much better solution would be to write functions instead of scripts.
And avoid programmatic use of clear, which is massively overused by beginners and yet rarely required.

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 9 Feb 2021
Not exactly. You cannot tell MATLAB to skip the first line of a file during run(). However, you can read the content of the file, remove the first line, and execute that content.
temporary_string = fileread(filename);
temporary_string = regexprep(temporary_string, '^[^\n]*\n', ''); %delete first line
eval(temporary_string)
Strictly speaking, this is not equivalent to run(), in that run cd's to the directory the file is in but this code does not do that. That makes a difference in search paths -- for example if there was a private/ directory in the folder the file is stored in, then run() would use the functions in the private/ folder, but the above code will not.
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KALYAN ACHARJYA
KALYAN ACHARJYA on 9 Feb 2021
@Walter Roberson Sir i misunderstood the question, thanks for clarification!
Rik
Rik on 9 Feb 2021
Just a note: as the default encoding for .m files is now UTF-8, using fileread might result in incorrect values of strings/chars.

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