How to time out a Matlab command?
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Is there a way to time out a Matlab command within a mfile, so that mfile execution resumes after a certain time spent on the Matlab command?
Background: Each day I automatically run a mfile which includes ftp of remote files. My company's FTP server sometimes has problems: the ftp command will connect but hang indefinitely yet no errors are returned, so I can't use try/catch. If our office manager restarts the FTP server manually (I don't have access) it fixes the ftp problem, but until then I want the mfile to complete since it does other useful things besides FTP. Ideally the mfile would kill the ftp command if more than 5 minutes have elapsed, then run the rest of the mfile.
Any ideas how to do this? I want the mfile to work on different machines so prefer to avoid solutions based on installing new software, like new FTP clients.