What is the best way to maintain non-MATLAB files (i.e. *.csv or *.exe) in the MATLAB file hierarchy?

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Dan
Dan on 19 Dec 2018
Commented: Image Analyst on 19 Dec 2018
I'm a fan of placing the file in the appropriate private directory (package or class) to find with 'which' function but am wondering if there is a better way.
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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 19 Dec 2018
I just make a folder for each project and store all the files in there or in subfolders of there. If there are some utilities you use in lots of projects, you can make a Utilities folder and store those m-files in there, and then set a path to that folder so your other project files can see/run them. Not sure if that answers your question or not. Maybe you can clarify what you got - how it's arranged/stored - so we can see what you're doing.

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Dan
Dan on 19 Dec 2018
A simple example ... I have a csv file that is used by one and only one class. When it is time to read it from the class method, I exercise csvread('fname.csv') from within the given method of the class and the file will be found because it is in the private directory of the class. The scope of the file is only as big as it needs to be.
A colleague argues that non-MATLAB files do not belong in private directories for classes or packages and he would create another directory in the class (or package) folder and locally reference it given the path to the class constructor found with mfilename.
Just wondering what other think?
(If you are unfamiliar with the special characteristics of the private folder in a class or package, you need to learn about that before you really understand my question.)
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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 19 Dec 2018
Well, if it's a file used only by that class and no one else, then I'd probably keep it in the folder where the class lives.
Not sure I agree with your colleague. Not that he's wrong, I just believe that's a matter of style.
If you want to keep it in a sub folder of that class called "Data Files" or something like that, then you can.
Either way, I'd use the folder name of the file and use fullfile() to construct the full file name when it comes time to read in that file.

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