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Save a .mat file that starts with a hyphen (negative sign)

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Is it possible to save a file that starts with a hyphen? At one point this was possible, because I have found a ton of .mat files that start with a "negative" sign - has this ability changed since MATLAB 2009b (or Windows XP), or have I just forgotten how to do this? I'm currently using 2015b/Windows 7. Any help would be appreciated.
x = 2;
y = -x;
save ('-myVariable.mat','y');
The second save will error-out, because MATLAB is seeking a command option.
Thanks in advance!
- Matt

Accepted Answer

Matt C
Matt C on 1 Apr 2017
I have the answer! If you feed the save and load commands the full path of the file in question, you can then save and load files that start with a dash!

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 1 Apr 2017
You can use ./ immediately before the file name
save ('./-myVariable.mat','y');
This will work for Windows as well as Mac and Linux


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