Update of HDF5 and hdfview in Bionic

Markus Johann Schmidt schmidt at ifd.mavt.ethz.ch
Thu Sep 12 10:43:53 UTC 2019

Dear Robie,

thank you for your response. According to the document, I come to the
following conclusion:

1) Package hdfview (and related)

Severe regression - needs update / removal: The program is not able to
load *any* HDF files, makes it basically useless.

2) Package libhdf5-100 (and related)

Potential problem with user data - update desireable: Even though the
version of the packages in bionic (1.10.0-patch1) does not delete any
user data, in a multi OS environment the Ubuntu bionic users might be
unable to read/write/modify data from other users with a higher version
of the libraries (> 1.10.3). The HDF Group (authors of the library)
stresses at least to use version 1.10.4. Packages in this version are
avaible starting with disco and could be backported.

I have no experience with packaging, but am willing to help.

Best Markus

On 11.09.19 22:02, Robie Basak wrote:
> Hi Markus,
> On Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 03:07:28PM +0200, Markus Johann Schmidt wrote:
>> I would like to discuss the update of the HDF5 libraries and the HDF
>> Viewer in Bionic.
> Thank you for caring about the state of these libraries in Ubuntu!
> Please start by reading https://wiki.ubuntu.com/StableReleaseUpdates
> If after that you think that the updates you request are still
> justified, then we'll need someone to volunteer to drive the updates by
> following the Procedure documented on that page.
> Hope that helps!
> Robie

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