GNU Octave understands that
~ tilde is the user’s home directory on any operating system, even Windows.
Matlab does not consistently understand
~ as the user home directory.
We have been complaining to the Mathworks about this for over a decade, but the Mathworks is saying WONTFIX.
For our work, we create a
homepath.m that works for GNU Octave and Matlab on Linux, Mac and Windows.
It returns the absolute path of the user home directory, for example:
file “homepath.m” contains:
function hdir = homepath() persistent h; if isempty(h) if ispc % windows h = getenv('USERPROFILE'); else %linux,mac h = getenv('HOME'); end end hdir = h; % for Matlab end