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I have a folder called 'mydir' that is in the Matlab search path but not in my current directory. Thus isdir('mydir') is true. Is there a way to easily extract the full path of 'mydir' in this scenario?
Thanks, Justin

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per isakson
per isakson on 8 Jul 2017
One way
>> s = what('InUse');
>> s.path
ans =
where InUse is a folder on my Matlab path
per isakson
per isakson on 8 Jul 2017
Yes that right. Doc says: " You do not need to specify the @ or + symbol for class and package folders."

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 8 Jul 2017
Edited: Walter Roberson on 8 Jul 2017
Easy? Ummm, how about possible in a few lines?
tofind = 'mydir';
esctofind = regexptranslate('escape', tofind); %in case it has special characters
dirs = regexp(path, pathsep,'split'); %cell of all individual paths
temp = unique(cellfun(@(P) strjoin(P(1:find(strcmp(esctofind, P),1,'last')),filesep), regexp(dirs,filesep,'split'), 'uniform', 0)); %don't let the blue smoke escape
fullpaths = temp(~cellfun(@isempty,temp)); %non-empty results only
  1. fullpaths will be a cell array of character vectors
  2. fullpaths might have multiple entries, as there might be multiple matches
  3. it is possible for any one path to have multiple occurrences of the same directory name; this code deliberately goes for the longest version. For example if the search was for 'matlab' then it would pick /Applications/ instead of /Applications/
  4. the directory name to find may have special characters such as '.' which will be treated literally, not as wild-cards
  5. the code as posted will not match package directories that have '+' or '@' before the name being searched for, but that would be easy to add. The code will find such directories if you ask for them specifically.
  6. the code has been designed to work on Windows, Mac, and Linux
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Justin Solomon
Justin Solomon on 9 Jul 2017
Thanks Walter, this is is great solution and seems to be robust against many situations.

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