How to make deployed program directory not read only
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I have a compiled program (prog_name.m) that takes data from an external file (data.csv). The external file needs to be editable by the user, and the data from this external file is loaded into the program.
I included the external file in the "Files installed for your end user" section of the matlab compiler app.
When i install using the generated installer, the program installs to
and in this folder there is my prog_name.exe and the external file (data.csv)
However, this folder always read only, and I can't edit data.csv without a fair amount of headache and changing file permissions. This isn't something I want the users to have to deal with. Is there a way I can make the installed folders not read only?
Im using windows 10 and R2020b
Eric Delgado on 3 Oct 2022
Edited: Eric Delgado on 3 Oct 2022
In this case you should use AppData as default installation folder (see below). If this is not a solution, then you should put in the startup of your app a folder validation (Is the folder writable? If not, create a new one in ProgramData Windows folder, for example, copying your file "data.csv").
See here an explanation about a folder validation - https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/296657-how-can-i-check-if-i-have-read-or-write-access-to-a-directory.
Your code will be something like that...
if ~isfolder(fullfile(getenv('PROGRAMDATA'), 'TheNameOfYourApp'))
movefile(fullfile(app.RootFolder, 'data.csv'), fullfile(getenv('PROGRAMDATA'), 'TheNameOfYourApp'));
% app.RootFolder is the path of your app