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how to read in an excel file properly in basic mode?

how to read in an excel file properly in basic mode?

how to read in an excel file properly in basic mode?

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I am trying to read in a .xls file with one column in text and one column of numbers. On Windows, '[num, txt]= xlsread(filename, ...)' works perfectly. Now, I want to run it on a Unix platform, which seems not supporting this command. Is there anything working like this command in basic mode? Or anything can read in txt properly from .xls?
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