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How to programmatically rename Stateflow states that are grouped?

Asked by Monika Jaskolka on 3 Nov 2019
Latest activity Commented on by Monika Jaskolka on 5 Nov 2019
From the command window I would like to rename all states that are in a Stateflow chart. I'll use the following built-in model as an example. In the chart there are two states, Off and On, that are grouped by the Heater box.
openExample('simulink_general/sldemo_boilerExample')
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I am receiving the error "Cannot change states inside a grouped state." when renaming the Off and On states because they are grouped by a box. If I simply double-click on the state name, I can easily rename via the usual Stateflow GUI, but I need to be able to do this in a script.
sys = 'sldemo_boiler';
rt = sfroot; % Get global Stateflow object
model = rt.find('-isa', 'Simulink.BlockDiagram', '-and', 'Name', sys); % Get the model
charts = model.find('-isa', 'Stateflow.Chart'); % Get the model's charts
c = charts(1); % The chart we are interested in
states = c.find('-isa', 'Stateflow.State'); % All states in the chart
state_off = states(1);
state_off.Name = 'NewName'; %% ERROR: Cannot change states inside a grouped state.
How can I rename these states? I considered just ungrouping the box by unsetting its IsGrouped parameter, but state objects don't have a parameter that tells me what object they are grouped by, so I can't trace up the hierarchy.

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Answer by Fangjun Jiang
on 4 Nov 2019
Edited by Fangjun Jiang
on 4 Nov 2019
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To handle this,
Box=c.find('Name', 'Heater');
Box.IsGrouped=false;
states(1).Name='NewName';
To handle it more generically (without nested boxes)
Box=c.find('-isa','Stateflow.Box');
Index=cell2mat(get(Box,'IsGrouped'));
Box=Box(Index);
set(Box,'IsGrouped',false);
%% Make needed changes
% recover the original flags
set(Box,'IsGrouped',true);

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Please read the entire question. This approach does not work for grouped states.
EDIT:
Again, please read the whole question. It does not seem possible to determine programmatically what the state is being grouped by, because there is no parameter that stores which box/state/etc. it is grouped in (see image below). The same is true in the other direction: boxes don't have a parameter that stores what elements it is grouping. This is problematic if there are multiple boxes in the chart (although the example only has one).
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You might have to blindly re-set all the boxes that are "IsGrouped" and later set it again. See updated answer.
This might not work if you have nested boxes, which I didn't try. But I've done similar programing on nested library links. If you do have nested boxes, then I would assume you would need to find all the boxes, save all the "IsGrouped" flags, re-set from root-level to deep-level, make you changes, then recover all the "IsGrouped" flags from deep-level to root-level.
Thanks. My solution for now is:
% Save and turn off box grouping
boxes = c.find('-isa', 'Stateflow.Box');
isgrouped = cell2mat(get(boxes, 'IsGrouped'));
set(boxes, 'IsGrouped', 0);
states = c.find('-isa', 'Stateflow.State');
for m = 1:length(states)
% Make changes...
end
% Turn back on
for n = 1:length(boxes)
boxes(n).IsGrouped = isgrouped(n);
end

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