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converts, formats, and writes data to a file

Calling Sequence

mfprintf(fd, format, a1, ..., an);



a scalar, file descriptor given by mopen (it's a positive integer).

If fd equals 0 redirection in stderr.

If fd equals 6 redirection in stdout.

OBSOLETE: The value -1 refers to the default file (i.e the last opened file).


a Scilab string describing the format to use to write the remaining operands. The format operand follows, as close as possible, the C printf format operand syntax.


a character string: a string to be scanned.

a1, ..., an

the data to be converted and printed according to the format parameter.


The mfprintf function is a interface for C-coded version of fprintf function.

The mfprintf function writes formatted operands to the file specified by the file desciptor fd. The argument operands are formatted under control of the format operand.

This function may be used to output column vectors of numbers and string vectors without an explicit loop on the elements. In that case this function iterates on the rows. The shortest vector gives the number of time the format has to be iterated.

An homogeneous sequence of identical type parameters can be replaced by a matrix.


fd = mopen(TMPDIR+'/text.txt','wt');
mfprintf(fd,'hello %s %d.\n','world',1);
mfprintf(fd,'hello %s %d.\n','scilab',2);
mfprintf(fd,'This line is built with a column vector (26:28) %d.\n',[26:28].');
mfprintf(fd,'This line is built with a row vector (26:28) %d.\n',[26:28]);
A = rand(3,6);
mfprintf(fd,'This line is built with a matrix %.3f.\n',A);
if (isdef('editor') | (funptr('editor')<>0)) then
mfprintf(0,'stderr output.\n');
mfprintf(6,'stdout output.\n');

See Also

  • mclose — closes an opened file
  • meof — checks if end of file has been reached
  • fprintfMat — writes a matrix in a file
  • mfscanf — reads input from the stream pointer stream (interface to the C fscanf function)
  • fscanfMat — reads a matrix from a text file
  • mget — reads byte or word in a given binary format and converts to a double type
  • mgetstr — reads a character string from a file
  • mopen — opens a file in Scilab
  • mprintf — converts, formats, and writes data to the main scilab window
  • mput — writes byte or word in a given binary format
  • mputstr — writes a character string in a file
  • mseek — sets current position in a binary file
  • mtell — Returns the offset of the current byte relative to the beginning of a file
  • mdelete — deletes file(s)
  • printf_conversion — mprintf, msprintf, mfprintf conversion specifications
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