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no standalone apps output in console

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Michal Kvasnicka
Michal Kvasnicka on 1 Feb 2013
I have function:
function m = magicsquare1(n)
%MAGICSQUARE generates a magic square matrix of the size
% specified by the input parameter n.
% Copyright 2003-2012 The MathWorks, Inc.
if ischar(n)
n=str2num(n);
end
m = magic(n);
>> magicsquare1(5)
ans =
17 24 1 8 15
23 5 7 14 16
4 6 13 20 22
10 12 19 21 3
11 18 25 2 9
The standalone application is created by
>> mcc -mv magicsquare1.m (of course MCR is properly installed and configured)
Then the standalone application "magicsquare1" does not produce any output in command-line console!!! But it should, according to the help page of MATLAB compiler.
When I change the function like this:
function m = magicsquare2(n)
%MAGICSQUARE generates a magic square matrix of the size
% specified by the input parameter n.
% Copyright 2003-2012 The MathWorks, Inc.
if ischar(n)
n=str2num(n);
end
m = magic(n);
disp(m);
and recompile by
>>mcc -mv magicsquare2.m
I am able to get correct output.
>> !magicsquare2 5
17 24 1 8 15
23 5 7 14 16
4 6 13 20 22
10 12 19 21 3
11 18 25 2 9
So my question is: what is wrong? Why I am not able to get output from standalone application magicsquare1?

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Kaustubha Govind
Kaustubha Govind on 4 Feb 2013
Executables in general cannot return a value, which explains what you're seeing. In MATLAB, when you call a function without a semicolon, it echoes the result of the command and also stores the returned value in a variable called ans, which is what happens when you run the function from the MATLAB command window.
If you'd like the executable to simply print the value to console, then use the DISP command as your figured out. If you'd like the value to be truly returned as a variable, you will need to generated a shared library from the MATLAB code instead of an executable.

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Michal Kvasnicka
Michal Kvasnicka on 4 Feb 2013
Your explanation is in conflict with official help: http://www.mathworks.com/help/pdf_doc/compiler/compiler.pdf (see page 1-16 and 1-22)
Michal Kvasnicka
Michal Kvasnicka on 7 Feb 2013
After one week I did not get any meaningful reaction on inconsistent MATLAB Compiler help problem. Just great!!??
Kaustubha Govind
Kaustubha Govind on 14 Feb 2013
Michal: Please note that participation on this forum is entirely voluntary, and all contributors do so in their spare time. For urgent/important matters, you need to contact MathWorks Technical Support.
Coming back to your question - I don't know if what is in the documentation is an error. I would recommend that you report this as a bug to MathWorks Technical Support. Thanks!

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