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Emulator of C language sprintf function

Calling Sequence




a Scilab string. Specifies a character string combining literal characters with conversion specifications.


Specifies the data to be converted according to the format parameter.


column vector of character strings


The sprintf function converts, formats, and stores its value parameters, under control of the format parameter.

The format parameter is a character string that contains two types of objects:

Literal characters

which are copied to the output stream.

Conversion specifications

each of which causes zero or more items to be fetched from the value parameter list. see printf_conversion for details

If there are not enough items for format in the value parameter list, sprintf generate an error. If any values remain after the entire format has been processed, they are ignored.

Note: sprintf is obsolete, use msprintf instead.


sprintf('%3d Fahrenheit = %6.1f Celsius',fahr,(5/9)*(fahr-32))

See Also

  • string — conversion en chaîne de caractères
  • print — prints variables in a file
  • write — write in a formatted file
  • format — number printing and display format
  • disp — displays variables
  • file — file management
  • printf — Emulator of C language printf function
  • fprintf — Emulator of C language fprintf function
  • msprintf — converts, formats, and writes data in a string
  • printf_conversion — printf, sprintf, fprintf conversion specifications
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