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How can I access the variables in base workspace in GUI?

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Hello there,
I'm working on a GUI that needs to access some variables in base workspace. I want to find all the variables that start with 'signal_' in base workspace, so my code is:
all_signals=who('signal_*'); % find all the variables that start with 'signal_' and the output is a cell
But the problem is that GUI has its own workspace and cannot access the variables in base. I've tried evalin, which I know is not recommended, and I got this error: Undefined function or method 'evalin' for input arguments of type 'cell'
And then I tried char(), but the output is just character.
So is there any other idea how to solve this problem? Thanks in advance.
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Stephen23 on 9 Mar 2016
As you are discovering using evalin is an incredibly buggy way to pass data to the base workspace. It is also very slow and obfuscated. Read the documentation and you will find that evalin is the least recommended way to pass data between workspace. Just pass the data as arguments, and your code will be much more robust.
And of course evalin suffers from all of the disadvantages of eval, sadly commonly used by beginners who don't mind writing buggy, slow, and obfuscated code:

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Ilham Hardy
Ilham Hardy on 9 Mar 2016
This might work,
evalin('base','temp = who(''signal_*'',''base'');assignin(''caller'',''all_signals'',temp)');
Hope that helps,
dyyyyyl on 9 Mar 2016
hello, thx for your reply. Yet I have two questions: 1. Why do you use double quotation marks? shouldn't it be single? 2. Actually I've tried evalin('base', 'who('signal_*')') before, which is almost the same with your first line. But whether yours or mine will get this error: Invalid syntax at 'signal_'. Possibly, a ),} or ] is missing. But I don't think it's missing something.. Do you have any idea?
Ilham Hardy
Ilham Hardy on 9 Mar 2016
Edited: Ilham Hardy on 9 Mar 2016
  1. The second argument of evalin is inside the single quote. Any quotes required within the single quote (second argument) must be represented by double quotes. Otherwise you will get syntax error..
  2. Are you sure you are not missing any quotes or characters? I just tried the code I posted and it working properly. What if you put a breakpoint in your function/GUI, and then copy/paste and execute the above code in the Command Window?

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