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Release Date2013-05-08
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Release Notes:

HDF5 version 1.8.11 released on 2013-05-08
================================================================================

INTRODUCTION
============

This document describes the differences between HDF5-1.8.10 and 
HDF5-1.8.11-*, and contains information on the platforms tested and 
known problems in HDF5-1.8.11-*. 
For more details, see the files HISTORY-1_0-1_8_0_rc3.txt 
and HISTORY-1_8.txt in the release_docs/ directory of the HDF5 source.

Links to the HDF5 1.8.11 source code, documentation, and additional materials
can be found on the HDF5 web page at:

     http://www.hdfgroup.org/products/hdf5/

The HDF5 1.8.11 release can be obtained from:

     http://www.hdfgroup.org/HDF5/release/obtain5.html

User documentation for 1.8.11 can be accessed directly at this location: 

     http://www.hdfgroup.org/HDF5/doc/

New features in the HDF5-1.8.x release series, including brief general 
descriptions of some new and modified APIs, are described in the "What's New 
in 1.8.0?" document:

     http://www.hdfgroup.org/HDF5/doc/ADGuide/WhatsNew180.html

All new and modified APIs are listed in detail in the "HDF5 Software Changes 
from Release to Release" document, in the section "Release 1.8.11 (current 
release) versus Release 1.8.10":

     http://www.hdfgroup.org/HDF5/doc/ADGuide/Changes.html

If you have any questions or comments, please send them to the HDF Help Desk:

     help@hdfgroup.org


CONTENTS
========

- New Features
- Support for New Platforms, Languages, and Compilers
- Bug Fixes since HDF5-1.8.10
- Supported Platforms
- Supported Configuration Features Summary
- More Tested Platforms
- Known Problems


New Features
============

    Configuration
    -------------
    - Libtool version number is changed to 8.0.0 because there are API
      changes. See below for details. (AKC - 2013/05/07 HDFFV-8435)
    - Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion) uses clang/clang++ as the
      default C and C++ compilers. (AKC - 2013/04/19 HDFFV-8245)
    - CMake minimum is now 2.8.10. (ADB 2013/1/14)
    - A new tool, cmakehdf5, which is a build command script similar to
      buildhdf5 is added and is available in the bin directory.
      (AKC - 2013/01/16 HDFFV-8336)
    
    Library
    -------
    - The library can load filter libraries dynamically during runtime.  Users
      can set the search path through environment variable HDF5_PLUGIN_PATH 
      and call H5Pset_filter to enable a dynamic filter. (SLU - 2013/04/08)
    - Added new API functions H5Dscatter and H5Dgather to scatter data to and
      and gather data from a selection within a memory buffer.
      (NAF - 2013/02/05)
    - The library now supports the data conversion from enumeration to numeric
      (integer and floating-point number) datatypes. See Issue HDFFV-8221.
      (SLU - 2012/10/23)
 
    Parallel Library
    ----------------
    - None
 
    Tools
    -----
    - h5dump: added new option -O or -ddl to output the ddl text to a file. This
      is a complement to the -o or --output option, which redirects the data to
      a file. HDFFV-8229 (ADB - 2013/2/25)

    High-Level APIs
    ---------------
    - A new API function, H5DOwrite_chunk.  This function writes a data chunk 
      directly into a file, bypassing hyperslab selection, data conversion, 
      and the filter pipeline.  The user must be careful with the function and
      clearly understand the I/O process of the library. (SLU - 2013/2/11)

    Fortran API
    -----------
    - New API functions added (MSB - 2013/3/23):

      h5odecr_refcount_f, h5oexists_by_name_f, h5oget_comment_f,
      h5oget_comment_by_name_f, h5oincr_refcount_f, h5oopen_by_idx_f, 
      h5oset_comment_f, h5oset_comment_by_name_f

      F2003: h5oget_info_f, h5oget_info_by_idx_f, h5ovisit_by_name_f
    

    C++ API
    -------
    - None


Support for New Platforms, Languages, and Compilers
===================================================
    - SunOS 5.11 (emu) 32-bit and 64-bit with Sun C/C++ 5.12 compiler and
      Sun Fortran 95 8.6 compiler.
    - Visual Studio 2012 w/ Intel Fortran 13 on Windows 7
    - g95 released new version recently and is tested in this release.

Bug Fixes since HDF5-1.8.10
==========================

    Configuration
    -------------
    - Fixed Thread-safe configure failure for the AIX platform.
      (AKC - 2013/04/19 HDFFV-8390)
    - Configure will check the result of header searches before searching for
      the library. 
      Fixes HDFFV-8257 (ADB 2013/03/04)
    - HDF does not support building SHARED Fortran libraries on OSX. Added 
      CMake code to check for this condition. 
      Fixes HDFFV-8227 (ADB 2013/03/04)
    - CMake builds on Windows will no longer use legacy naming for libraries. 
      The "dll" tag will no longer be added to the name of *.lib and *.dll.
      The option HDF_LEGACY_NAMING is now OFF by default.
      Fixes HDFFV-8292 (ADB 2013/01/30)

    Library
    -------
    - The library now behaves correctly when performing large I/O operations 
      on Mac OS-X.  Previously, single I/O operations > 2 GB would fail 
      since the Darwin read/write calls cannot handle the number of bytes 
      that their parameter types imply.
      Fixes HDFFV-7975 and HDFFV-8240 (DER 2013/01/07)
    - Fixed a bug in the core VFD that causes failures when opening files 
      > 2 GB.
      Fixes HDFFV-8124 and HDFFV-8158 (DER 2013/01/07)
    - Fixed a bug where unintialized memory was read during variable-length
      type conversion.  This caused segfaults in netCDF.  Fixes HDFFV-8159.
      (DER 2013/03/30)
    - Removed the H5Pset/get_dxpl_multi functions from the library.  The
      intended functionality for them was never fully implemented, and they
      have always been fundamentally broken.  NOTE: This does not affect 
      setting the multi VFD or any expected VFD functionality.  Multi VFD 
      usage remains unchanged.  
      Fixes HDFFV-8296.  (DER 2013/03/30)

    Parallel Library
    ----------------
    - None

    Performance
    -------------
    - None

    Tools
    -----
    - h5redeploy is changed to do this by default:
	Installation directories:
	prefix       architecture-independent files.
	exec_prefix  architecture-dependent files, default is <prefix>.
	libdir       libraries, default is <exec_prefix>/lib.
	includedir   header files, default is <prefix/include>.
      This allows users to just change the first line of prefix=<...> and the
      effect will change libdir and includedir too.  (AKC 2013/04/05 HDFFV-8358)
    - h5repack: Fixed failure to convert the layout of a small chunked 
      dataset (size < 1K) to contiguous layout.  HDFFV-8214 (JKM 2013/03/26)
    - h5dump: Fixed displaying compression ratio for unknown or user-defined 
      filters. HDFFV-8344 (XCAO 2013/03/19)
    - h5dump: Changed UNKNOWN_FILTER to USER_DEFINED_FILTER for user defined 
      filter. HDFFV-8346 (XCAO 2013/03/19)
    - h5diff: Fixed to return the correct exit code 1 when the program 
      detects a unique extra attribute. Prior to this fix, h5diff returned 
      exit code 0 indicating the two files are identical.   
      HDFFV-7643 (JKM 2013/02/15)
    - h5dump: Fixed writing nulls to a binary file when exporting a dataset
      with compound string datatype. HDFFV-8169 (ADB 2013/1/31)
    - The following h5stat test case failed in BG/P machines (and potentially
      other machines that display extra output if an MPI task returns with a
      non-zero code.)
        Testing h5stat notexist.h5
      The test script was fixed to ignore the extra output.  HDFFV-8233 
      (AKC - 2012/11/30)
    - h5diff: Improved speed when comparing HDF5 files with lots of
      attributes. Much slower performance was identified with release versions 
      from 1.8.7 to 1.8.10 compared to 1.8.6. (JKM 2012/10/19)

    F90 API
    -------
    - The integer type of the 'offset' argument in h5pset_external_f and
      h5pget_external_f was changed to INTEGER(KIND=OFF_T) to support 8-byte
      integers, matching the C type definition of off_t. (MSB - 2013/3/23)
    - h5fc updated to recognize .f95, .f03 and .f08 file extensions. 

    C++ API
    ------
    - The C++ wrappers DSetMemXferPropList::setMulti/getMulti were removed 
      because the C functions H5Pset/get_dxpl_multi functions are removed 
      from the library. Fixes HDFFV-8296 by DER.  (BMR 2013/03/30)
    - An exception thrown by an internal function was not propagating to the
      test program during stack unwinding, so it couldn't be caught by the
      test, and the program terminated "without an active exception."  It 
      seemed that the problem happened when c_str() was used to generate 
      an equivalent const char* from a std::string and the resulting string 
      was passed to the internal function.  As a work-around, we added a 
      try/catch around the the call to the internal function and when the 
      exception is caught there, it is re-thrown.  Fixes HDFFV-8067.  
      (BMR 2013/03/30)

    High-Level APIs:
    ------
    - Fixed a problem with H5DSget_scale_name including the NULL terminator 
      in the size calculation returned by the function. The API was changed 
      to NOT include the NULL terminator in the size of name returned 
      (MSB- 2013/2/10)

    Fortran High-Level APIs:
    ------
    - None

    Testing
    -------
    - In some Mac systems, testlibinfo.sh failed with this error:
         Check file ../src/.libs/libhdf5.7.dylib
         strings: object: ../src/.libs/libhdf5.7.dylib malformed object \
         (unknown load command 15)
      The strings command of Mac systems inspects library files, and older
      versions of strings may not know newer library formats, resulting
      in errors.  Fixed by sending the library file as stdin to the strings
      command to avoid this problem. (AKC - 2013/03/08 HDFFV-8305)
    - Fixed a typo in the ERROR macro in test/testhdf5.h. It segmentation
      faulted when used before. (AKC - 2013/02/12 HDFFV-8267)

Supported Platforms
===================
The following platforms are supported and have been tested for this release.
They are built with the configure process unless specified otherwise.

    AIX 5.3                       xlc 10.1.0.5
    (NASA G-ADA)                  xlC 10.1.0.5
                                  xlf90 12.1.0.6

    Linux 2.6.18-308.13.1.el5PAE  GNU C (gcc), Fortran (gfortran), C++ (g++)
    #1 SMP i686 i686 i386         compilers for 32-bit applications;
    (jam)                             Version 4.1.2 20080704 (Red Hat 4.1.2-54)
                                      Version 4.6.3
                                  PGI C, Fortran, C++ Compilers for 32-bit
                                  applications;
                                      Version 11.9-0
                                      Version 12.5-0
                                  Intel(R) C, C++, Fortran Compiler for 32-bit
                                  applications;
                                      Version 12.1 (Build 20110811)
                                      Version 12.1 (Build 20120212)

    Linux 2.6.18-308.16.1.el5     GNU C (gcc), Fortran (gfortran), C++ (g++)
    #1 SMP x86_64 GNU/Linux       compilers for 64-bit applications;
    (koala)                           Version 4.1.2 20080704 (Red Hat 4.1.2-52)
                                      Version 4.6.3
                                  PGI C, Fortran, C++ for 64-bit target on 
                                  x86-64;
                                      Version 11.9-0 
                                      Version 12.5-0
                                  Intel(R) C, C++, Fortran Compilers for 
                                  applications running on Intel(R) 64; 
                                      Version 12.1 (Build 20110811)
                                      Version 12.1 (Build 20120212)

    Linux 2.6.32-358.2.1.el6      GNU C (gcc), Fortran (gfortran), C++ (g++)
    #1 SMP x86_64 GNU/Linux       compilers:
    (platypus)                       Version 4.4.7 20120313
                                  Intel(R) C (icc), C++ (icpc), Fortran (icc)
                                  compilers:
                                     Version 12.1 20120212

    Linux 2.6.32-358.2.1.el6.ppc64 gcc (GCC) 4.4.7 20120313 (Red Hat 4.4.7-3)
    #1 SMP ppc64 GNU/Linux        g++ (GCC) 4.4.7 20120313 (Red Hat 4.4.7-3)
    (ostrich)                     GNU Fortran (GCC) 4.4.7 20120313 (Red Hat 4.4.7-3)
                                  IBM XL C/C++ V11.1
                                  IBM XL Fortran V13.1

    SunOS 5.11 32- and 64-bit     Sun C 5.12 SunOS_sparc
    (emu)                         Sun Fortran 95 8.6 SunOS_sparc
                                  Sun C++ 5.12 SunOS_sparc

    Windows 7                     Visual Studio 2008 w/ Intel Fortran 11 (cmake)
                                  Visual Studio 2010 w/ Intel Fortran 12 (cmake)
                                  Visual Studio 2012 w/ Intel Fortran 13 (cmake)
                                  Cygwin(CYGWIN_NT-6.1 1.7.15(0.260/5/3) gcc(4.5.3) compiler and gfortran)
                                  (cmake and autotools)

    Windows 7 x64                 Visual Studio 2008 w/ Intel Fortran 11 (cmake)
                                  Visual Studio 2010 w/ Intel Fortran 12 (cmake)
                                  Visual Studio 2012 w/ Intel Fortran 13 (cmake)
                                  Cygwin(CYGWIN_NT-6.1 1.7.15(0.260/5/3) gcc(4.5.3) compiler and gfortran)
                                  (cmake and autotools)

    Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8  gcc i686-apple-darwin11-llvm-gcc-4.2 (GCC) 4.2.1 from Xcode 3.2.6
    Darwin Kernel Version 10.8.0  g++ i686-apple-darwin11-llvm-g++-4.2 (GCC) 4.2.1 from Xcode 3.2.6
    64-bit                        gfortran GNU Fortran (GCC) 4.6.2
    (fred)                        Intel C (icc), Fortran (ifort), C++ (icpc)
                                      12.1 Build 20120928

    Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3          Apple clang/clang++ version 3.0 from Xcode 4.6.1
    64-bit                        gfortran GNU Fortran (GCC) 4.6.2
    (duck)                        Intel icc/icpc/ifort version 13.0

    Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 Apple clang/clang++ version 4.2 from Xcode 4.6.1
    64-bit    			  gfortran GNU Fortran (GCC) 4.6.2
    (wren)                        Intel icc/icpc/ifort version 13.0.1.119


Tested Configuration Features Summary
=====================================

    In the tables below
          y   = tested 
          n   = not tested in this release
          C   = Cluster
          W   = Workstation
          x   = not working in this release
          dna = does not apply
          ( ) = footnote appears below second table
          <blank> = testing incomplete on this feature or platform 

Platform                              C         F90/   F90      C++  zlib  SZIP
                                      parallel  F2003  parallel
Solaris2.11 32-bit                      n        y/y    n        y    y     y
Solaris2.11 64-bit                      n        y/n    n        y    y     y
Windows 7                               y        y/y    n        y    y     y
Windows 7 x64                           y        y/y    n        y    y     y
Windows 7 Cygwin                        n        y/n    n        y    y     y
Windows 7 x64 Cygwin                    n        y/n    n        y    y     y
Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 64-bit     n        y/y    n        y    y     y
Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 64-bit             n        y/y    n        y    y     y
Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 64-bit    n        y/y    n        y    y     y
AIX 5.3 32- and 64-bit                  n        y/n    n        y    y     y
CentOS 5.9 Linux 2.6.18-308 i686 GNU    y        y/y    y        y    y     y
CentOS 5.9 Linux 2.6.18-308 i686 Intel  n        y/y    n        y    y     y
CentOS 5.9 Linux 2.6.18-308 i686 PGI    n        y/y    n        y    y     y
CentOS 5.9 Linux 2.6.18 x86_64 GNU      y        y/y    y        y    y     y
CentOS 5.9 Linux 2.6.18 x86_64 Intel    n        y/y    n        y    y     y
CentOS 5.9 Linux 2.6.18 x86_64 PGI      n        y/y    n        y    y     y
CentOS 6.4 Linux 2.6.32 x86_64 GNU      n        y/n    n        y    y     y
CentOS 6.4 Linux 2.6.32 x86_64 Intel    n        y/y    n        y    y     y
Linux 2.6.32-358.2.1.el6.ppc64          n        y/n    n        y    y     y


Platform                                 Shared  Shared    Shared    Thread-  
                                         C libs  F90 libs  C++ libs  safe     
Solaris2.11 32-bit                         y       y         y         y        
Solaris2.11 64-bit                         y       y         y         y        
Windows 7                                  y       y         y         y
Windows 7 x64                              y       y         y         y
Windows 7 Cygwin                           n       n         n         y
Windows 7 x64 Cygwin                       n       n         n         y
Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 64-bit        y       n         y         n        
Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 64-bit                y       n         y         y        
Mac OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 64-bit       y       n         y         y        
AIX 5.3 32- and 64-bit                     y       n         n         y        
CentOS 5.9 Linux 2.6.18-308 i686 GNU       y       y         y         y        
CentOS 5.9 Linux 2.6.18-308 i686 Intel     y       y         y         n        
CentOS 5.9 Linux 2.6.18-308 i686 PGI       y       y         y         n        
CentOS 5.9 Linux 2.6.18 x86_64 GNU         y       y         y         y        
CentOS 5.9 Linux 2.6.18 x86_64 Intel       y       y         y         n        
CentOS 5.9 Linux 2.6.18 x86_64 PGI         y       y         y         n     
CentOS 6.4 Linux 2.6.32 x86_64 GNU         y       y         y         n
CentOS 6.4 Linux 2.6.32 x86_64 Intel       y       y         y         n
Linux 2.6.32-358.2.1.el6.ppc64             y       y         y         n 

Compiler versions for each platform are listed in the preceding
"Supported Platforms" table.


More Tested Platforms
=====================
The following platforms are not supported but have been tested for this release.

    Linux 2.6.18-308.13.1.el5PAE  MPICH mpich2-1.4.1p1 compiled with
    #1 SMP i686 i686 i386             gcc 4.1.2 and gfortran 4.1.2
    (jam)                         g95 (GCC 4.0.3 (g95 0.94!)

    Linux 2.6.18-308.16.1.el5     MPICH mpich2-1.4.1p1 compiled with
    #1 SMP x86_64 GNU/Linux           gcc 4.1.2 and gfortran 4.1.2
    (koala)                       g95 (GCC 4.0.3 (g95 0.94!)
                                  
    FreeBSD 8.2-STABLE i386       gcc 4.2.1 [FreeBSD] 20070719
    (loyalty)                     gcc 4.6.1 20110422
                                  g++ 4.6.1 20110422
                                  gfortran 4.6.1 20110422

    FreeBSD 8.2-STABLE amd64      gcc 4.2.1 [FreeBSD] 20070719
    (freedom)                     gcc 4.6.1 20110422
                                  g++ 4.6.1 20110422
                                  gfortran 4.6.1 20110422

    Debian6.0.7 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP x86_64 GNU/Linux
                                  gcc (Debian 4.4.5-8) 4.4.5
                                  GNU Fortran (Debian 4.4.5-8) 4.4.5
                                  (cmake and autotools)

    Fedora18 3.7.9-205.fc18.x86_64 #1 SMP x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
                                  gcc (GCC) 4.7.2 20121109 (Red Hat 4.7.2-8)
                                  GNU Fortran (GCC) 4.7.2 20120507 (Red Hat 4.7.2-8)
                                  (cmake and autotools)

    SUSE 12.3 3.7.10-1.1-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
                                  gcc (SUSE Linux) 4.7.2
                                  GNU Fortran (SUSE Linux) 4.7.2 
                                  (cmake and autotools)

    Ubuntu 12.10 3.5.0-25-generic #39-Ubuntu SMP x86_64 GNU/Linux
                                  gcc (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.7.2-2ubuntu1) 4.7.2
                                  GNU Fortran (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.7.2-2ubuntu1) 4.7.2
                                  (cmake and autotools)
    
    Cray Linux Environment (CLE)  PrgEnv-pgi/4.0.46
    hopper.nersc.gov              pgcc 12.5-0 64-bit target on x86-64 Linux -tp shanghai
                                  pgf90 12.5-0 64-bit target on x86-64 Linux -tp shanghai
                                  pgCC 12.5-0 64-bit target on x86-64 Linux -tp shanghai


Known Problems
==============

* When building using the Cray compilers on Cray machines, HDF5
  configure mistakenly thinks the compiler is an intel compiler and
  sets the -std=c99 flag which breaks configure on Cray. To build HDF5
  properly on a Cray machine, please consult with the instructions in
  INSTALL_parallel for building on Hopper.
  (MSC - 2013/04/26 - HDFFV-8429)

* The h5dump and h5diff utilities occasionally produce different output
  between Linux and Windows systems. This is caused by lower-level library
  routines that fail to write fill values to the user's buffer when reading
  unallocated chunks from datasets that have a fill value set to
  H5D_FILL_VALUE_DEFAULT. Due to platform differences the return of
  spurious data values has only been encountered on Windows 32-bit systems.
  (Issue HDFFV-8247; JP - 2013/03/27)

* The 5.9 C++ compiler on Sun failed to compile a C++ test ttypes.cpp.  It 
  complains with this message:
      "/home/hdf5/src/H5Vprivate.h", line 130: Error: __func__ is not defined.
  
  The reason is that __func__ is a predefined identifier in C99 standard.  The
  HDF5 C library uses it in H5private.h.  The test ttypes.cpp includes 
  H5private.h (H5Tpkg.h<-H5Fprivate.h<-H5Vprivate.h<-H5private.h).  Sun's 5.9
  C++ compiler doesn't support __func__, thus fails to compile the C++ test.
  But Sun's 5.11 C++ compiler does.  To check whether your Sun C++ compiler 
  knows this identifier, try to compile the following simple C++ program:
      #include<stdio.h>

      int main(void)
      {
          printf("%s\n", __func__);
          return 0;
      }
  (SLU - 2012/11/5)

* The C++ and FORTRAN bindings are not currently working on FreeBSD with the
  native release 8.2 compilers (4.2.1), but are working with gcc 4.6 from the
  ports (and probably gcc releases after that).
  (QAK - 2012/10/19)

* The following h5dump test case fails in BG/P machines (and potentially other
  machines that use a command script to launch executables):

   h5dump --no-compact-subset -d "AHFINDERDIRECT::ah_centroid_t[0] it=0 tl=0"
     tno-subset.h5
  
  This is due to the embedded spaces in the dataset name being interpreted
  by the command script launcher as meta-characters, thus passing three
  arguments to h5dump's -d flag. The command passes if run by hand, just
  not via the test script.
  (AKC - 2012/05/03)

* On hopper, the build failed when RUNSERIAL and RUNPARALLEL are set
  to aprun -np X, because the H5lib_settings.c file was not generated
  properly. Not setting those environment variables works, because
  configure was able to automatically detect that it's a Cray system
  and used the proper launch commands when necessary. 
  (MSC - 2012/04/18)

* The data conversion test dt_arith.c fails in "long double" to integer
  conversion on Ubuntu 11.10 (3.0.0.13 kernel) with GCC 4.6.1 if the library
  is built with optimization -O3 or -O2.  The older GCC (4.5) or newer kernal
  (3.2.2 on Fedora) doesn't have the problem.  Users should lower the 
  optimization level (-O1 or -O0) by defining CFLAGS in the command line of 
  "configure" like:

      CFLAGS=-O1 ./configure

  This will overwrite the library's default optimization level.
  (SLU - 2012/02/07 - HDFFV-7829)
  This issue is no longer present on Ubuntu 12.10 (3.5.0 kernel) with 
  gcc 4.7.2.

* The STDIO VFD does not work on some architectures, possibly due to 32/64
  bit or large file issues.  The basic STDIO VFD test is known to fail on
  64-bit SunOS 5.10 on SPARC when built with -m64 and 32-bit OS X/Darwin
  10.7.0.  The STDIO VFD test has been disabled while we investigate and
  a fix should appear in a future release.
  (DER - 2011/10/14 - HDFFV-8235)

* h5diff can report inconsistent results when comparing datasets of enum type
  that contain invalid values.  This is due to how enum types are handled in
  the library and will be addressed in a future release.
  (DER - 2011/10/14 - HDFFV-7527)

* The links test can fail under the stdio VFD due to some issues with external
  links.  This will be investigated and fixed in a future release.
  (DER - 2011/10/14 - HDFFV-7768)

* After the shared library support was fixed for some bugs, it was discovered
  that "make prefix=XXX install" no longer works for shared libraries. It
  still works correctly for static libraries. Therefore, if you want to
  install the HDF5 shared libraries in a location such as /usr/local/hdf5,
  you need to specify the location via the --prefix option during configure 
  time. E.g, ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/hdf5 ...
  (AKC - 2011/05/07 - HDFFV-7583)

* The parallel test, t_shapesame, in testpar/, may run for a long time and may
  be terminated by the alarm signal.  If that happens, one can increase the
  alarm seconds (default is 1200 seconds = 20 minutes) by setting the
  environment variable, $HDF5_ALARM_SECONDS, to a larger value such as 3600
  (60 minutes).  Note that the t_shapesame test may fail in some systems 
  (see the "While working on the 1.8.6 release..." problem below).  If 
  it does, it will waste more time if $HDF5_ALARM_SECONDS is set
  to a larger value.
  (AKC - 2011/05/07)

* The C++ and FORTRAN bindings are not currently working on FreeBSD.
  (QAK - 2011/04/26)

* Shared Fortran libraries are not quite working on AIX. While they are
  generated when --enable-shared is specified, the fortran and hl/fortran
  tests fail. We are looking into the issue. HL and C++ shared libraries
  should now be working as intended, however.
  (MAM - 2011/04/20)

* The --with-mpe configure option does not work with Mpich2.
  (AKC - 2011/03/10)

* While working on the 1.8.6 release of HDF5, a bug was discovered that can
  occur when reading from a dataset in parallel shortly after it has been
  written to collectively. The issue was exposed by a new test in the parallel
  HDF5 test suite, but had existed before that. We believe the problem lies with
  certain MPI implementations and/or file systems.

  We have provided a pure MPI test program, as well as a standalone HDF5
  program, that can be used to determine if this is an issue on your system.
  They should be run across multiple nodes with a varying number of processes.
  These programs can be found at:
  http://www.hdfgroup.org/ftp/HDF5/examples/known_problems/
  (NAF - 2011/01/19)

* The library's test dt_arith.c showed a compiler's rounding problem on
  Cygwin when converting from unsigned long long to long double.  The 
  library's own conversion works fine.  We defined a macro for Cygwin to
  skip this test until we can solve the problem.
  (SLU - 2010/05/05 - HDFFV-1264)

* All the VFL drivers aren't backward compatible.  In H5FDpublic.h, the
  structure H5FD_class_t changed in 1.8.  There is new parameter added to
  get_eoa and set_eoa callback functions.  A new callback function
  get_type_map was added in.  The public function H5FDrealloc was taken
  out in 1.8.  The problem only happens when users define their own driver
  for 1.6 and try to plug in 1.8 library.  Because there's only one user 
  complaining about it, we (Elena, Quincey, and I) decided to leave it as 
  it is (see bug report #1279).  Quincey will make a plan for 1.10.
  (SLU - 2010/02/02)

* The --enable-static-exec configure flag will only statically link libraries
  if the static version of that library is present. If only the shared version
  of a library exists (i.e., most system libraries on Solaris, AIX, and Mac,
  for example, only have shared versions), the flag should still result in a 
  successful compilation, but note that the installed executables will not be 
  fully static. Thus, the only guarantee on these systems is that the 
  executable is statically linked with just the HDF5 library.
  (MAM - 2009/11/04)
  
* Parallel tests failed with 16 processes with data inconsistency at testphdf5
  / dataset_readAll. Parallel tests also failed with 32 and 64 processes with
  collective abort of all ranks at t_posix_compliant / allwrite_allread_blocks
  with MPI IO.
  (CMC - 2009/04/28)

* On an Intel 64 Linux cluster (RH 4, Linux 2.6.9) with Intel 10.0 compilers, 
  use -mp -O1 compilation flags to build the libraries. A higher level of 
  optimization causes failures in several HDF5 library tests. 

* A dataset created or rewritten with a v1.6.3 library or after cannot be read 
  with the v1.6.2 library or before when the Fletcher32 EDC filter is enabled.
  There was a bug in the calculation of the Fletcher32 checksum in the 
  library before v1.6.3; the checksum value was not consistent between big-
  endian and little-endian systems.  This bug was fixed in Release 1.6.3.  
  However, after fixing the bug, the checksum value was no longer the same as 
  before on little-endian system.  Library releases after 1.6.4 can still read 
  datasets created or rewritten with an HDF5 library of v1.6.2 or before.  
  (SLU - 2005/06/30)

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