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I did not see this addressed in the mailing list. Perhaps, this has not been pondered. The netCDF v3 file extension has been generally accepted to be ".nc". The new netCDF-HDF5 merger will write ".h5" HDF5 files. However, the API can not read a general HDF5. But, only an HDF5 file that was written by this API. So, has there been thought to a file extension that might represent a new netCDF-HDF5 file? If I give someone a .nc file (which is really an HDF5 file), they will not be able to read it unless they have recompiled with the new library. If, however, I send them, say, a ".nc4" file. They will know immediately that this is a "new" HD5-based netCDF file. Whew! Thoughts? Paul ____________________________________________________________________________________ Be a better friend, newshound, and know-it-all with Yahoo! Mobile. Try it now. http://mobile.yahoo.com/;_ylt=Ahu06i62sR8HDtDypao8Wcj9tAcJ