Re: distribution musings - install three libraries to get netcdf-4?

Ed,

Sounds good to me.

I have a few questions (to everyone not to Ed only :-)

On which platforms netcdf-4 was tested?

Who will provide netcdf-4 user support, bug tracking and initial bug
investigation? 

When the new HDF5 version comes out, who is responsible for testing
netcdf-4? How do we coordinate the two libraries release schedule?

I am sure that there are some other maintenance/support issues. It would
be nice if we can talk about them before the NetCDF users start to bombard
our helpdesk with email messages :-)

There are some users who use netcdf-?old? in HDF4 to read NetCDF files. 
We are testing now that HDF4 can read 3.5 files. Now... what about
netcdf-4 files? 

Thank you!

Elena 
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On 3 Dec 2003, Ed Hartnett wrote:

> 
> Howdy all!
> 
> As I prepare the fist tarball for netcdf-4 I am musing about some
> interesting distribution requirements we have.
> 
> Here's the section from the requirements (I just added the last one
> this morning.) The entire requirements document can be found as always
> at http://my.unidata.ucar.edu/content/software/netcdf/netcdf-4/reqs.html
> 
> Distribution with both netCDF and HDF5 packages
> 
>     * The netCDF-4 library is distrubuted by both Unidata and NCSA.
> 
>     * The netCDF-4 library requires that HDF5 (version 1.8.0 or
>       greater) be installed. 
> 
>     * The netCDF-4 library can coexist peacefully with the netCDF-3
>       library, but both cannot be used in the same program. 
> 
>     * Potential users can select from a number of distributions,
>       depending on whether they already have netCDF-3 and/or HDF5
>       installed. Whatever the circumstance, users should be able to
>       install netcdf-4 in one pass through the usual configure/make
>       install/make check cycle. 
> 
> What do we all think of those requirements. Anyone object to any, or
> want to add to them?
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Ed
>