Binary file reading.

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Pappu Murthy
Pappu Murthy 2018년 9월 11일
댓글: Greg 2018년 9월 14일
I have a binary file data which I am trying to read. the first data of record is 8 integer numbers. They are precision "int" which means each number is 4 byte long. so I use A = fread(fid,[1 8],'int') it showas numbers A(2) thru A(8) correctly... but number A(1) is some strange number. Also the last number is missing. If I do A = fread(fid, [1,9],'int') and take the numbers A(2) thru A(9) I am able to read all my numbers correctly. SO my question is why the very first number is some unwanted stuff and needs to be skipped to read correctly.

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Greg 2018년 9월 11일
편집: Greg 2018년 9월 11일
Nobody can possibly answer your question: "why... unwanted stuff...?" Only the author of the binary file format can tell you that. --More specifically, those 4 bytes actually exist in the file. MATLAB isn't misbehaving in any way.
I can tell you that you've already solved your problem. Simply skip 4 bytes and proceed. I bet they are useful somehow, but not likely as an int32. Try other 4-byte formats like float32, or 4*char. Maybe it's a float32 datestamp?
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Pappu Murthy
Pappu Murthy 2018년 9월 12일
I agree with you completely. At this point, since I do not have any more info, I am trying to guess and do some reverse engineering. I initially thought if I translated the fortran read statements to matlab read statements I would be able to read the file but now I am finding it is a lot more involved than my simplistic assumption.
Greg 2018년 9월 14일
FYI, frewind is redundant immediately after fopen.
Further, fseek is better than reading and trashing unwanted bytes. For a single value it won't make much difference in speed, but the code is cleaner.
*Accidentally posted as answer. Moved to comment *

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