The metadata cache is a central part of the HDF5 library through which all file metadata reads and writes take place. File metadata is normally invisible to the user and is used by the library for purposes such as locating and indexing data. File metadata should not be confused with user metadata, which consists of attributes created by users and attached to HDF5 objects such as datasets via H5A API calls.
Due to the complexity of the cache, a trace/logging feature has been created that can be used by HDF5 developers for debugging and performance analysis. The functions that control this functionality will normally be of use to a very limited number of developers outside of The HDF Group. The functions have been documented to help users create logs that can be sent with bug reports.