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Re: load from ascii files

From: Ben Abbott
Subject: Re: load from ascii files
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2010 10:33:36 +0800

On Nov 5, 2010, at 3:12 AM, Elliott Waldron wrote:

> I have been using the load function with try/catch to test whether a file has
> 'load'able numeric data.
> However, the load function will not throw an error if the line starts with
> an 'n'.
> e.g., 
> octave:90> system('echo elliott > tmp.txt')
> ans = 0
> octave:91> load('tmp.txt')
> error: load: failed to read matrix from file `tmp.txt'
> octave:91> 
> octave:91> system('echo niko > tmp.txt')
> ans = 0
> octave:92> load('tmp.txt')
> octave:93> tmp
> tmp = 0
> octave:94> 
> Is this by design? 
> Thanks,
> Elliott

My initial thought was you should include "-ascii" as an option. However, when 
I tried that with the developers sources I see the same behavior as you do.

Matlab gives the same result for each example.

>> tmp = load ('tmp.txt')
??? Error using ==> load
Unknown text on line number 1 of ASCII file

The behavior is not by design. I recommend you file a bug report.


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