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I want to run commands like pdflatex and cp from an octave script. Is there a way to do that?

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Use the function system(<command>) to call a shell command from Octave. Replace <command> with the command you want to execute. (Note that MATLAB allows a shell command to be executed by prefixing it with an exclamation mark !, but Octave does not support this syntax. See this Wikibooks page for more information.)

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unix(command) is another way to go. If you'd like to get properties of files directories etc. Xoctave does it automatically.

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