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**Description**

A partial pathname is a pathname relative to the MATLAB path, `matlabpath`

. It is used to locate private and method files, which are usually hidden, or to restrict the search for files when more than one file with the given name exists.

A partial pathname contains the last component, or last several components, of the full pathname separated by `/`

. For example,` matfun/trace`

, `private/children`

, `inline/formula`

, and `demos/clown.mat`

are valid partial pathnames. Specifying the `@ `

in method directory names is optional, so `funfun/inline/formula`

is also a valid partial pathname.

Partial pathnames make it easy to find toolbox or MATLAB relative files on your path, independent of the location where MATLAB is installed.

Many commands accept partial pathnames instead of a full pathname. Some of these commands are

**Examples**

The following examples use partial pathnames:

what funfun/inline M-files in directory matlabroot\toolbox\matlab\funfun\@inline argnames disp feval inline subsref vertcat cat display formula nargin symvar char exist horzcat nargout vectorize which funfun/inline/formula matlabroot\toolbox\matlab\funfun\@inline\formula.m % inline method

**See Also**

pareto | pascal |