fprintf leaving remainder of line

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Keith Holmlund
Keith Holmlund on 22 Jun 2018
Commented: Walter Roberson on 22 Jun 2018
I am reading a txt file into matlab using fopen then textscan. the text is reading into a single cell that 43x1 (So if I wanted to get line 43 I would enter File{1}(43,1)). I change some of the lines and rewrite the file as such
for row=1:length(file{1})
When I reopen the text file it leaves a portion of line 43 in a new line 44
(line 43) There is Ketchup on my hot dog
(line 44) on my hot dog
The rest of the text file is written correctly, what is causing this to happen? even if there is a line 44 generated, if it was blank it would be fine

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Answers (1)

Jan on 22 Jun 2018
If you overwrite a text file by a shorter string than the original, the remaining characters are not cropped. To reduce the file size, you need an extra tool like FEX: FileResize . You cannot do this in Matlab without recreating the file.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 22 Jun 2018
This is the correct answer. MATLAB does not provide any way to make a file shorter. The POSIX standard library defines I/O in the middle of a file as overwriting existing contents without truncating the file unless the user specifically asks for the file to be truncated (an action which there is unfortunately no MATLAB interface for.)

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