Powershell script doesn't work when called from Matlab

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Les Beckham
Les Beckham on 24 Sep 2015
Commented: Les Beckham on 29 Sep 2015
I have a Powershell script that works when called from the command line (Windows 7) but not when called using the system command within Matlab. The script searches the registry for version information from a specific vendor's software install. When I call it from the command line it generates a file containing the correct version information. When I run it using the system command in Matlab it does generate the file, but it has zero bytes (verified by opening with a hex editor).
What might be causing this?
Here is the script:
Get-ChildItem HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\ -rec -ea SilentlyContinue | ForEach-Object {
$CurrentKey = (Get-ItemProperty -Path $_.PSPath)
if ($CurrentKey -match 'Vendor') {
if ($_.PSChildName -match 'InstallProperties') {
} | out-File Vendor.txt -Encoding ascii
Here is how I call it from the command line:
C:\...\Analysis>powershell -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -inputformat none -file VersionFile
Here is how I call it from Matlab:
[s,r] = system('powershell -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -inputformat none -file VersionFile.ps1')
Note: the return values are s = 0 and r = ''.
I have tried removing the pipe to out-File. On the command line, I get the version number displayed in the command window. When calling from Matlab, I get the same return values shown above.
I am using Matlab R2013b.
Thank you

Answers (1)

Rahul Goel
Rahul Goel on 28 Sep 2015
The script you mentioned created an output file "Vendor.txt" but did not write any values to it even when ran from powershell. Same is the case when I executed it in MATLAB.
However, when I executed following, it gave me correct status and return values:
>> [s,r] = system('powershell -inputformat none 2*10; echo ''This is a line''')
s =
r =
This is a line
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Les Beckham
Les Beckham on 29 Sep 2015
The script will, of course, only generate output if it finds a match for 'Vendor' with corresponding DisplayVersion InstallProperties in the registry. I have such an entry on my machine which is found and written to the file when I run the script from a command line, but not when I invoke the script from inside Matlab. It seems like there is some subtle difference in the cmd environment that is invoked by Matlab but I can't figure out what it is.

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