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Returns information about an object.

This function is deprecated in favor of the function H5O_GET_INFO and H5L_GET_INFO1.


H5G_GET_OBJINFO(loc_id, name, follow_link, statbuf)


herr_t H5Gget_objinfo(hid_t loc_id, const char *name, hbool_t follow_link, H5G_stat_t *statbuf )

hid_t loc_idIN: File or group identifier
Alternative: An object identifier, obj_id
const char *nameIN: Name of the object for which status is being sought
Alternative: If the preceding parameter is the object’s direct identifier, i.e., the obj_id, this parameter should be a dot (.).
hbool_t follow_linkIN: Link flag
H5G_stat_t *statbuf    OUT: Buffer in which to return information about the object


H5G_GET_OBJINFO returns information about the specified object through the statbuf argument.

A file or group identifier, loc_id, and an object name, name, relative to loc_id, are commonly used to specify the object. However, if the object identifier is already known to the application, an alternative approach is to use that identifier, obj_id, in place of loc_id, and a dot (.) in place of name. Thus, the alternative versions of the first portion of an H5G_GET_OBJINFO call would be as follows: 
    H5Gget_objinfo (loc_id name  ...) 
    H5Gget_objinfo (obj_id .     ...)

If the object is a symbolic link and follow_link is zero (0), then the information returned describes the link itself; otherwise the link is followed and the information returned describes the object to which the link points. If follow_link is non-zero but the final symbolic link is dangling (does not point to anything), then an error is returned. The statbuf fields are undefined for an error. The existence of an object can be tested by calling this function with a null statbuf.

H5Gget_objinfo fills in the following data structure (defined in H5Gpublic.h):

                  typedef struct H5G_stat_t {
                      unsigned long fileno[2];
                      unsigned long objno[2];
                      unsigned nlink;
                      H5G_obj_t type;
                      time_t mtime; 
                      size_t linklen;
                      H5O_stat_t ohdr;
                  } H5G_stat_t

where H5O_stat_t (defined in H5Opublic.h) is:

                  typedef struct H5O_stat_t {
                      hsize_t size;
                      hsize_t free;
                      unsigned nmesgs;
                      unsigned nchunks;
                  } H5O_stat_t

The fileno and objno fields contain four values which uniquely identify an object among those HDF5 files which are open: if all four values are the same between two objects, then the two objects are the same (provided both files are still open).

  • Note that if a file is closed and re-opened, the value in fileno will change.
  • If a VFL driver either does not or cannot detect that two H5Fopen calls referencing the same file actually open the same file, each will get a different fileno.


The nlink field is the number of hard links to the object or zero when information is being returned about a symbolic link (symbolic links do not have hard links but all other objects always have at least one).

The type field contains the type of the object, one of H5G_GROUPH5G_DATASETH5G_LINK, or H5G_TYPE.

The mtime field contains the modification time.

If information is being returned about a symbolic link then linklen will be the length of the link value (the name of the pointed-to object with the null terminator); otherwise linklen will be zero.

The fields in the H5O_stat_t struct contain information about the object header for the object queried:


sizeThe total size of all the object header information in the file (for all chunks).
freeThe size of unused space in the object header.
nmesgsThe number of object header messages.
nchunks  The number of chunks the object header is broken up into.


Other fields may be added to this structure in the future.

Some systems will be able to record the time accurately but unable to retrieve the correct time; such systems (e.g., Irix64) will report an mtime value of 0 (zero).


Returns a non-negative value if successful, with the fields of statbuf (if non-null) initialized. Otherwise returns a negative value.


Coming soon!


Release    Change
1.6.1Two new fields were added to the H5G_stat_t struct in this release.
1.8.0Function deprecated in this release.

--- Last Modified: April 25, 2019 | 11:22 AM