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Load Command: Simple Problem, with a simple solution?

From: Martin Fuhrer
Subject: Load Command: Simple Problem, with a simple solution?
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 18:43:41 -0700
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This might seem trivial to the Octave gurus out there, but this one has me

I have the Windows version of Octave (version 2.1.31 i586-pc-cygwin),
installed with the ready-to-go installer at

I want to load a simple test data file, named "test.dat", which contains the
single line:
1 2 3 4

I save the file into the directory:


along with all my other .m files and .m directories.

But when I type "load test.dat"  in Octave, I get the following error:

error: load: couldn't open input file 'test.dat'

I have tried saving test.dat in several other directories, but that does not
seem to help.  What directories does Octave search for .dat files?  Is my
'test.dat' file in the wrong directory? (Note that .m files, even ones which
I create and save in the aforementioned directory, load without a problem.)

Many thanks,


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