graphics/opendx and dropping science/hdf
koziol at ncsa.uiuc.edu
Thu Apr 8 07:27:53 PDT 2004
> I intend to drop the science/hdf port. It was obsoleted by hdf5 long ago
> (was it?), it breaks on some some 64bit platforms, it conflicts with
> All the technical issues are, probably, fixable, but the obsoleteness
> makes them not worth the effort. Or so it seems.
> The only port relying on science/hdf is graphics/opendx and only if
> WITH_HDF is defined. Unfortunately, opendx does not (yet?) support hdf5.
> . Does hdf5 really obsolete hdf4?
No, they are different file formats & libraries, etc.
> . Does hdf support add much value to opendx at all,
> or can we just remove it?
I don't know.
> . If not, should I (or some other helping hand) try to patch
> opendx to use hdf5?
It would certainly be nice if opendx supported hdf5.
> . bring the old hdf4 into the 21st century (fixing the types,
> depending on math/netcdf instead of building its own)?
It shouldn't be _too_ hard to fix the type information in hdf4 (I can help
you with that, if you'd like), but it would be _very_ hard to depend on
math/netcdf instead of its own.
> Thanks for any ideas,
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