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With large files and datasets the output from h5dump can be overwhelming.  There are options that can be used to examine specific parts of an HDF5 file. Some useful h5dump options are included below:

-H, --header      Display header information only (no data)

-d <name>      Display a dataset with a specified path and name

-p                          Display properties

-n                          Display the contents of the file

h5cc, h5fc, h5c++:

The built HDF5 binaries include the h5cc, h5fc, h5c++ compile scripts for compiling applications. When using these scripts there is no need to specify the HDF5 libraries and include files.  Compiler options can be passed to the scripts: