can i pause matlab excution while it is already running

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hi every on ,
can i pause matlab excution while it is already running
(i.e) if i have a script and is already running can i pause it for any time then resuming it again .
thanks a lot .
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 31 May 2016
That will not work unless there is a figure() or drawnow() or pause() or waitfor() or uiwait() somewhere in the code. Pushbuttons are not serviced until the graphics queue is processed, which requires one of the above to happen.

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Nick Hilton
Nick Hilton on 12 Oct 2015
If you're on a UNIX platform, then there is an easy way to do this:
Simply run your script on the command line in a BASH shell like so:
matlab -nodesktop -nosplash -r "run_some_script(arg1, arg2, ...)"
Now that it is running, you can pause execution by pressing CTRL+Z, which pauses execution and returns you to the BASH prompt again. To continue execution, execute the 'fg' command to put the suspended job back into the foreground.
Another advantage to this approach, most graphical terminals provide an output buffer, and one can scroll and examine the output buffer without pausing the execution, and without new output causing the buffer to scroll the screen. So I can look at the buffer to tell where the execution is in a loop, for example, without pausing anything.
I hope this helps someone that finds this topic.
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 15 Sep 2018
To consult the output buffer, use the Page Up / Page Down keys, or use whatever scrollbar your terminal application provides. Here, "output buffer" refers a configurable number of lines of stdout .
For example on OS-X, inside the utility, Preferences -> Profiles -> Window permits me to configure whether I want scrollback to be limited to available memory, or to a specific number of output lines.

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 31 May 2016
With R2016a, there is now a Pause button on the tool ribbon that appears when your code runs:

Mahdi on 27 Mar 2013
You can pause the script/function that you're running for a specified amount of time without quitting the script.
You can use the pause(n) function to stop the script for n seconds.
If you're using a GUI, I would suggest looking at uiwait.

Jan on 26 Mar 2013
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 26 Mar 2013
You might also be able to suspend MATLAB from the operating system.

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Omer Moussaffi
Omer Moussaffi on 14 Dec 2014
Not without preparation. You could add the command 'keyboard' into the script at a specified place, and then it would give you back control. You then do your changes, and either call 'return' to resume or dbquit to stop the script.

jingxuan yang
jingxuan yang on 24 Mar 2020
to pause
and use
to continue
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 25 Mar 2020
Yes, if you have the cooperation of the code being run, if it knows that you should pause there, or if it regularly calls one of the functions such as drawnow() that processes the event queue to permit a callback to be triggered to run the uiwait()

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