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bug #35694: 'nargin' fails when called with buit-in function name

Submitted by:  None
Submitted on:  Fri 02 Mar 2012 03:28:15 PM UTC  
Category:  Interpreter Severity:  1 - Wish
Priority:  1 - Later Item Group:  Matlab Compatibility
Status:  Confirmed Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Marc Originator Email:  -email is unavailable-
Open/Closed:  Open Release:  dev
Operating System:  Any

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Sat 19 Nov 2016 08:21:22 PM UTC, comment #4:

This issue is still present in Octave 4.2.0.

Hartmut <hardy>
Fri 16 Mar 2012 07:22:17 AM UTC, comment #3:

Wouldn't it be possible to intercept the error by just giving the nargin function a list with the builtin funtions names and their respective number of expected arguments? The numbers shouldn't change.

I know its ugly to keep this consistent but for the meantime it would do the job.

Fri 02 Mar 2012 06:21:39 PM UTC, comment #2:

The definitions of built-in functions do not include the number of expected arguments (assuming that number is fixed). So fixing this will require modifying the way built-in functions are defined.

John W. Eaton <jwe>
Project Administrator
Fri 02 Mar 2012 05:32:19 PM UTC, comment #1:

On the development branch the warning has already been updated to be more specific.

I'm guessing that this has been a known issue for a while and that there is not an easy workaround. :(

Rik <rik5>
Project Administrator
Fri 02 Mar 2012 03:28:15 PM UTC, original submission:

When calling nargin with a built-in function name (e.g. "nargin('abs')" ) it returns an error stating "error: nargin: FCN_NAME must be a user-defined function"

For example, in Matlab "nargin('abs')" returns 1.



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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2015-06-04 mtmiller Severity3 - Normal => 1 - Wish
        Priority5 - Normal => 1 - Later
        Release3.6.1 => dev
        Operating SystemGNU/Linux => Any
    2012-03-02 rik5 StatusNone => Confirmed

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