[Users] HDF5 and C++

Christian Reisswig reisswig at tapir.caltech.edu
Thu Dec 9 11:42:45 CST 2010

On Thursday, December 09, 2010 09:15:19 am Frank Loeffler wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 09, 2010 at 12:04:23PM -0500, John Baker wrote:
> > 1. Is there a good reason why HDF5 needs the C++ libraries in Cactus?
> Out of convenience for people building c++ tools against it. I don't
> know of any thorn actually using the c++ bindings.
> > 2. Does hdf5 1.8.5 even support the c++ interface?
> Yes, I frequently build it. However, as you already stated, c++ bindings
> and parallel hdf5 support are not supported together.
> > 3. What should we be doing differently to work around these issues?
> I the light of discussions on hdf5 lists which describe the c++ bindings
> as buggy and not maintained, we should probably not use them in any
> code - and also not build them within Cactus.
> This of course leaves the users of tools in the cold which still use the
> c++ API. At the moment only the Carpet Visit plugin comes to my mind
> though - which should be possible to be build against the hdf5 library
> within visit itself. Who else uses the c++ hdf5 interface?

Given the bad support of the C++ API of HDF5, and all associated 
incompatibilities, I wanted to switch back to the C version in the VisIt 
plugin and the upcoming Nirvana file format. Other than that, I am currently 
not aware of any other C++ HDF5 calls within Cactus. 


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