How can I read the whole input buffer of a serial port object?

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I am communicating with a device via rs-232 and I would like to read the whole iput buffer of the serial object at once.
What I already tried was:
s = serial('com1');
So when I run the code I only get the last value instead of the whole input buffer.
Do you have a clue what the issue could be?

Accepted Answer

Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 22 Jun 2015
s = serial('com1');
data = char(fread(s, s.bytesavailable));
Are you certain that you want to try to read floating point text numbers when the buffer might happen to end in the middle of a number?? For text you normally want to work line-by-line (fgetl() or fgets()) or else fscanf() without a count (allowing the scanning to pause for more characters to be received)

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Valentino Tomasic
Valentino Tomasic on 22 Jun 2015
Hi Walter! Firstly, I want to thank you for your fast response! Your advice worked perfectly, I could read out the whole buffer at once. My main problem is that the device sends data faster than my processing loop is (it's a real time plot). This is why the input buffer is getting filled progressively. So I thought the problem could be solved if the buffer is being read out completely.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 22 Jun 2015
Is the input terminated somehow? linefeed? Or even just a comma between entries? If so then you should be programming a bytesavailablefcn callback. That callback can grab values from the serial port and store them away for a later run of the processing loop. For example you could keep a circular buffer, such as is shown blog or file exchange

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