How open a folder without the files beginning with '.'

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Elise C
Elise C on 25 Apr 2022
Commented: Mathieu NOE on 26 Apr 2022
Hi! I want to open all the file of my folder 'calibration_data' (cf Fig1).
But when I do my code (cf Code1), it open 3 files that are'nt in my folder (cf '.', '..' and '.DS_Store' in Fig2).
What are they and how can I get rid of them?
Thanks!
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Fig1:
Fig2:
Code1:
path_root = '/Users/TP4/calibration_data';
files=dir(fullfile(path_root));
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Mathieu NOE
Mathieu NOE on 25 Apr 2022
if you have all your files starting with "tempo"
you can also try with :
S = dir('TEMPO*.*');

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Stephen23
Stephen23 on 25 Apr 2022
Edited: Stephen23 on 25 Apr 2022
"What are they..."
  • dot directory names, where '.' represents the directory itself and '..' its immediate parent.
  • .DS_Store is a hidden file used by MacOS to store information about how a folder is displayed.
"... how can I get rid of them?"
By not having them in the first place. You can do that by simply specifying the DIR search string to match the filenames (including wildcards as required), e.g.:
P = '/Users/TP4/calibration_data';
S = dir(fullfile(P,'TEMPOL*'));

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