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[netCDF #RMQ-116404]: NETCDF install issues

Hi Evan,

> I am having some trouble installing the netcdf c and netcdf fortran
> libraries. I am trying to install to the NC State Univ distribution of
> RHEL6. Basically my problem is that I am setting my CPPFLAGS, LDFLAGS, and
> LD_LIBRARY_PATH. I have extracted the C libraries to my
> /usr/local/netcdf-3.6.3 and the fortran libraries to
> /usr/local/netcdf-fortran-4.2. When I run "./configure --disable-netcdf-4
> --prefix=/usr/local/netcdf-3.6.3" in my C library, I receive the error that
> the --disable-netcdf switch is unrecognized.

The version of the netCDF C libraries you should be using is 4.3.0, available
for download here:


The 3.6.3 version is about 5 years old, and is no longer supported or 
It didn't have a "--disable-netcdf-4" option, which was only made available in
netCDF version 4.x releases.  The 3.6.3 version included a bundled Fortran 
but the netCDF Fortran library has been a separate distribution since 
netcdf-fortran-4.2 was released.

You can still build the netCDF-3 library using the --disable-netcdf-4 configure
option, as described here:


After that library is built and installed, you can build and install the netCDF
Fortran library by following these instructions:


>    ... This doesnt seem like that big
> of an error so I just move onto running make all and make check install. My
> makes go on without errors. I then move on to the fortran library
> configuration. I try to set my CPPFLAGS and LD_LIBRARY_PATH but I dont
> think I have them pointing to the right directories because when I run
> ./configure in this directory, it tells me it cannot find netcdf.h. I only
> have one file by that name on the machine (It it in a program called
> VisIT). Could you please point me in the right direction.

If you encounter problems following the steps in the documentation referenced 
above, please let us know.

> I have a feeling it is not just me and there is some underlying issue with
> this. I know that KDE is a prerequisite for netcdf and KDE is not meant for
> RHEL. I worked around this by installing the KDE-devel library. But it
> might not have all the modules netcdf needs.

KDE is *not* a prerequisite for netCDF.  If there's a web page somewhere that
says it is, please let us know, so we can correct the source of that 
misinformation.  Thanks.


> Thanks for your time.
> Evan
Russ Rew                                         UCAR Unidata Program
address@hidden                      http://www.unidata.ucar.edu

Ticket Details
Ticket ID: RMQ-116404
Department: Support netCDF
Priority: Normal
Status: Closed

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