The Fletcher32 EDC checksum filter, set with
H5P_SET_FLETCHER32, was added in HDF5 Release 1.6.0. In the original implementation, however, the checksum value was calculated incorrectly on little-endian systems. The error was fixed in HDF5 Release 1.6.3.
As a result of this fix, an HDF5 library of Release 1.6.0 through Release 1.6.2 cannot read a dataset created or written with Release 1.6.3 or later if the dataset was created with the checksum filter and the filter is enabled in the reading library. (Libraries of Release 1.6.3 and later understand the earlier error and compensate appropriately.)
Work-around: An HDF5 library of Release 1.6.2 or earlier will be able to read a dataset created or written with the checksum filter by an HDF5 library of Release 1.6.3 or later if the checksum filter is disabled for the read operation. This can be accomplished via an
H5P_SET_EDC_CHECK call with the value
H5Z_DISABLE_EDC in the second parameter. This has the obvious drawback that the application will be unable to verify the checksum, but the data does remain accessible.