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VersionHDF 4.2.13
Release Date2017-06-24


Release Notes

Release Notes



FileOperating SystemCompilersCommentsMD5 Checksum
hdf-4.2.13.tarSource release Source tar filehdf-4.2.13.md5
hdf-4.2.13.tar.gzSource release Gzipped source tar file  "
hdf-4.2.13.tar.bz2Source release Bzipped source tar file  "
hdf-4.2.13.zipSource release Windows zip file  "
CMake-hdf-4.2.13.tar.gzCMake source release 

Source file to build with CMake on Unix

See: Build Instructions
CMake-hdf-4.2.13.zipCMake source release 

Source file to build with CMake on Windows

See: Build Instructions
hdf-4.2.13-linux-centos7-x86_64.tar.gzLinux 3.10 CentOS 7 x86_64gcc & gfortran 4.8.5  
hdf-4.2.13-linux-centos6-x86_64.tar.gzLinux 2.6 CentOS 6 x86_64gcc & gfortran 4.4.7  
hdf-4.2.13-linux-centos6-x86_64-32.tar.gzLinux 2.6 CentOS 6 x86_64 32-bitgcc & gfortran 4.4.7  
hdf-4.2.13-win7_64-vs2015.zipWindows 64-bitCMake VS 2015 C++, IVF 16, jdk 1.7 or greater  
hdf-4.2.13-win7_32-vs2015.zipWindows 32-bitCMake VS 2015 C++, IVF 16, jdk 1.7 or greater  
hdf-4.2.13-win7_64-vs2013.zipWindows 64-bitCMake VS 2013 C++, IVF 15, jdk 1.7 or greater  
hdf-4.2.13-win7_32-vs2013.zipWindows 32-bitCMake VS 2013 C++, IVF 15, jdk 1.7 or greater  


Release Notes

HDF version 4.2.13 released on 2017-06-24


This document describes the differences between HDF 4.2.12 and HDF 4.2.13.
It is written for people who are familiar with previous releases of HDF
and wish to migrate to HDF 4.2.13.

The HDF 4.2.13 documentation can be found on the The HDF Group's website

First-time HDF users are encouraged to read the HDF FAQ, which can be
reached from the HDF product home page:


- New features and changes
  -- Configuration
- Support for new platforms and compilers
- Bugs fixed since HDF 4.2.12
  -- Configuration
  -- Library
  -- Utilities
- Documentation
- Platforms tested
- Known problems

New features and changes
    - CMake
      CMake minimum version is 3.2.2

Support for new platforms and compilers
    - Support for macOS Sierra 10.12.5 was added (LK - 2017/06/23, HDFFR-1558)

Bugs fixed since HDF 4.2.12
    - Several memory leaks occurred in an SD API internal function.  These leaks
      are now removed.
      (BMR - 2017/06/23, HDFFR-1534)
    - Memory leaks occurred because memory returned by HDstrdup were not freed.
      This is now fixed.
      (BMR - 2017/06/23, HDFFR-1536)

    - Minor improvements were made to the User's Guide, Reference Manual, and
      Specification and Developer’s Guide.
      (BMR - 2017/06/23)

Platforms tested
This version has been tested in the following platforms:

   uname -s, uname -r
   uname -v, uname -p, uname -m)

   Linux 2.6.32-573.22.1.el6.x86_64  gcc (GCC) 4.4.7 20120313 (Red Hat 4.4.7-16)
   #1 SMP, x86_64                    GNU Fortran (GCC) 4.4.7 20120313 (Red Hat 4.4.7-16)
   (mayll/platypus)                  icc (ICC) Build 20150407
                                     ifort (IFORT) Build 20150407
                                     pgcc and pgf90 15.7-0 64-bit target on x86-64 Linux -tp nehalem

   Linux, 3.10.0-327.10.1.el7.x86_64 gcc (GCC) 4.8.5 20150623 (Red Hat 4.8.5-4)
   #1 SMP x86_64, GNU/Linux          GNU Fortran (GCC) 4.8.5 20150623 (Red Hat 4.8.5-4)
   (kituo/moohan)                    icc (ICC) Build 20150407
                                     ifort (IFORT) Build 20150407

   Linux, 2.6.32-573.18.1.el6.ppc64  (1) GNU Fortran (GCC) 4.4.7 20120313 (Red Hat 4.4.7-11)
   #1 SMP, ppc64 (ostrich)           (2) IBM XL Fortran for Linux, V15.1 (64-bit mode)

   SunOS 5.11 (32- and 64-bit)       Sun C 5.12 SunOS_sparc 2011/11/16
   11.1, sparc, sun4v (emu)          Sun Fortran 95 8.6 SunOS_sparc 2011/11/16

    Windows 7                     Visual Studio 2012 w/ Intel Fortran 15 (cmake)
                                  Visual Studio 2013 w/ Intel Fortran 15 (cmake)
                                  Visual Studio 2015 w/ Intel Fortran 16 (cmake)

    Windows 7 x64                 Visual Studio 2012 w/ Intel Fortran 15 (cmake)
                                  Visual Studio 2013 w/ Intel Fortran 15 (cmake)
                                  Visual Studio 2015 w/ Intel Fortran 16 (cmake)
                                  Visual Studio 2015 w/ Intel C, Fortran 2017 (cmake)

    Windows 10                    Visual Studio 2015 w/ Intel Fortran 16 (cmake)
                                  Cygwin(CYGWIN_NT-6.1 2.8.0(0.309/5/3)
                                      gcc and gfortran compilers (GCC 5.4.0)
                                      (cmake and autotools)

    Windows 10 x64                Visual Studio 2015 w/ Intel Fortran 16 (cmake)

   Mac OS X 10.9.5, Darwin, 13.4.0   Apple clang version 6.0 from Xcode 6.2
   x86_64                            gfortran GNU Fortran (GCC) 4.9.2
   (wren,quail)                      Intel icc and ifort Version 15.0.3

   Mac OS X 10.10.5, Darwin, 14.5.0  Apple clang version 6.1 from Xcode 7.0
   x86_64                            gfortran GNU Fortran (GCC) 4.9.2
   (osx1010dev)                      Intel icc and ifort version 15.0.3

   Mac OS X 10.11.5, Darwin, 15.6.0  Apple clang version 7.3 from Xcode 7.3
   x86_64                            gfortran GNU Fortran (GCC) 5.2.0
   (osx1010dev)                      Intel icc and ifort version 15.0.3

   macOS Sierra 10.12.5, Darwin,     Apple clang version 8.1.0 from Xcode 8.3
   16.6.0, x86_64                    gfortran GNU Fortran (GCC) 7.1.0
   (kite)                            Intel icc and ifort version 17.0.2
   Debian 8.6.0 3.16.0-4-amd64
   #1 SMP Debian 3.16.43-2, x86_64 GNU/Linux
                                     gcc (Debian 4.9.2-10) 4.9.2
                                     GNU Fortran (Debian 4.9.2-10) 4.9.2
                                     (cmake and autotools)

   Fedora24 4.7.2-201.fc24.x86_64
   #1 SMP x86_64  GNU/Linux          gcc (GCC) 6.1.1 20160621 (Red Hat 6.1.1-3)
                                     GNU Fortran (GCC) 6.1.1 20160621 (Red Hat 6.1.1-3)
                                     (cmake and autotools)

   SUSE Server 12 SP1 3.12.49-1
   #1 SMP x86_64 GNU/Linux           gcc (SUSE Linux) 4.8.5
                                     GNU Fortran (SUSE Linux) 4.8.5
                                     (cmake and autotools)

   Ubuntu 14.04 4.4.0-81-generic
   #104-Ubuntu SMP x86_64 GNU/Linux  gcc (Ubuntu 5.4.0-6ubuntu16.04.4) 5.4.0
                                     GNU Fortran (Ubuntu 5.4.0-6ubuntu16.04.4) 5.4.0
                                     (cmake and autotools)

Known problems
o  Several Fortran examples print "^@" when displaying strings (for example,
   names of the attributes). This happens because Fortran application
   doesn't know the length of the strings passed from the C library.
   EIP - 2015-01-11, HDFFR-1477

o  CMake fails to set the full path to the install location on Windows:
    The configuration file for examples, HDF4_Examples.cmake, must be updated
    with the correct value by editing the file or using the INSTALLDIR option..
   ADB - 2014/02/03

o  CMake "make install" fails installing the tools:
    Use CPack to create an install package.
   ADB - 2014/02/03

o  CMake does not install these man pages:
    hdf.1, ncdump.1, ncgen.1
   AKC/BMR - 2014/02/02

o  For Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite,
   and 10.11 El Capitan, when compiling with -O2, some xdr functions might cause
   memory corruption.  This happened for GCC, Intel and Clang compilers.
   Currently, -O0 level optimization is used to avoid this problem.
   (HDFFR-1318,1327,1358,1425) EIP - 2013/02/05, BMR - 2016/06/24

o  On IBM PowerPC 64, hdftest fails when gcc 4.4.6 is used with -O3 optimization

o  When building in AIX systems, if CC is xlc with -qlanglvl=ansi, configure
   will fail when checking for the jpeglib.h header due to the duplicated
   macro definition of HAVE_STDLIB_H.  This is because some newer builds
   of the jpeg library have HAVE_STDLIB_H defined in the jconfig.h header file.
   Without the -qlanglvl=ansi, some older xlc versions (e.g., V7.0) still
   fail, but newer xlc versions (e.g., V9.0) pass.  AKC - 2010/02/17

o  When building on Linux/UNIX platforms, the szip shared library files must
   be in the system library path.  This can be done by adding a link to
   the libsz.* files in the /usr/lib folder or by adding the library
   location to the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable.
      Ex. export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=path_to_szip_lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
   Optionally, one can use the static szip library files by adding '-static'
   to the CFLAGS environment variable.

o  Existing data written by an HDF4 Library prior to HDF 4.2r2:
   When a one-dimensional SDS and a dimension scale have
   the same name, subsequent accesses to the dimension scale or to the
   SDS might produce undesired results because the libraries could not
   distinguish between the two objects.  In the case of writing, data
   might even be corrupted.  For example, SDS data might be written to a
   dimension variable or vice versa. (bugzilla #624)

   HDF4 Library Releases 4.2r2 and later make a distinction between an SDS
   and a dimension variable.  However, as with older versions, these recent
   versions are unable to detect such conflicts in files created by earlier
   releases.  It is therefore STRONGLY recommended to check for such name
   duplication before working with data created with a pre-4.2r2 library.

   The functions SDgetnumvars_byname and SDnametoindices are provided
   to help detect such name conflicts and select the correct object to
   access, respectively; see the HDF Reference Manual entries for
   further details.
   FB - 2009/01/26
   BMR - revised 2011/06/24

o  N-bit compression is not supported with Fortran APIs.

o  Using both fill-value and compression on SD datasets does not work.

o  When using PGI compilers, make sure that the JPEG library is also compiled
   with a PGI C compiler; linking with a JPEG library built with gcc causes
   JPEG library tests to fail.  To bypass the problem:

       x Set LIBS flag to $PGI_JPEG_INSTALL_DIR/lib/libjpeg.a
         where $PGI_JPEG_INSTALL_DIR points to the installation directory
         for the PGI-compiled JPEG library:

         setenv LIBS $PGI_JPEG_INSTALL_DIR/lib/libjpeg.a

       x Use the --with-jpeg=$PGI_JPEG_INSTALL_DIR configure flag to
         configure with the PGI-compiled JPEG library:

         ./configure --with-jpeg=$PGI_JPEG_INSTALL_DIR --with-zlib....

o  In order for the API SDgetdatasize to get the correct compressed size
   of the data, the dataset needs to be closed (SDendaccess) or read
   (SDreaddata) after being written and before SDgetdatasize is called.
   BMR - 2008/11/22

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