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How do you open PDF file in MATLAB on a Linux platform?

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I ported MATLAB code from Windows 7 to CentOS Linux. The "open(<pdf file path name>);" statement that works fine on a Windows platform didn't work on the Linux platform. I can double click on the PDF file in the CentOS File Browser and it immediately open in a PDF reader. The path is correct and there is no exception thrown. I gave it a bad file name and got a file not found exception.
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David Waters
David Waters on 5 Jun 2015
If anybody is interested, the MATLAB open doesn't appear to support PDF files in Linux. I ended up using the CentOS Linux command "evince". Other flavors of Linux may have another command to open PDF files.
if isunix
system(['evince ' help_file_name ' &']);
elseif ispc
open(help_file_name);
else
msgbox(['Open ' help_file_name 'in the operating system'],'Product Help');
end

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Wendy Fullam
Wendy Fullam on 9 Jun 2015
David answered above: If anybody is interested, the MATLAB open doesn't appear to support PDF files in Linux. I ended up using the CentOS Linux command "evince". Other flavors of Linux may have another command to open PDF files.
if isunix
system(['evince ' help_file_name ' &']);
elseif ispc
open(help_file_name);
else
msgbox(['Open ' help_file_name 'in the operating system'],'Product Help');
end

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