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Also see the video presentation: Moving Applications from 1.10 to 1.12

There were many existing functions that were modified in 1.12. Applications created with 1.10 or earlier that use these functions will encounter errors when compiled with 1.12. This page describes how to compile 1.10 and earlier applications with 1.12 without modifying an application, and provides details on the functions that changed for users who wish to update their applications:

For further information, see:

Compiling 1.10 and earlier applications with 1.12

Applications that were created with earlier HDF5 releases may not compile with 1.12 by default. The API Compatibility Macros in HDF5 allow users to work around this issue. Users can specify a compatibility macro mapping for the version of HDF5 that an application was built with. For example, a 1.10 application can be built with 1.12 using either an application or library mapping as follows:

  • To compile an application built with a version of HDF5 that includes deprecated symbols (the default), make sure to pass -DH5_USE_110_API to the compiler. For example:

    Autotools:   h5cc -DH5_USE_110_API (C)

    CMake:       cmake -DCMAKE_C_FLAGS="-DH5_USE_110_API" (and likewise for other CMAKE_<LANG>_FLAGS)

  • To build an HDF5 library with the 1.10 APIs specify --with-default-api-version=v110 (Autotools) or -DDEFAULT_API_VERSION:STRING=v110 (CMake).

    Autotools: 

    ./configure --with-default-api-version=v110

    CMake:

    If using the source code packaged with CMake configuration files (CMake-hdf5-1.12.0*), edit HDF5options.cmake, and add this line:

    set(ADD_BUILD_OPTIONS "${ADD_BUILD_OPTIONS} -DDEFAULT_API_VERSION:STRING=v110")

    View the libhdf5.settings file to verify that the library was built with the 1.10 APIs:

    Default API mapping: v110 (under Features:)

However, users will not be able to take advantage of some of the new features in 1.12 if using these compatibility mappings.

Functions that changed

Functions were modified in HDF5 version 1.12 to support a token type used in the Virtual Object Layer (VOL) and to enable 64-bit selection encodings. These changes are described below.

The updated versions of the functions have a number (for eg '2' or '3') at the end of the original function name. The original versions of these functions were retained and renamed to have an earlier number (for eg '1') at the end of the original function name. A macro was created with the name of the original function. Please read API Compatibility Macros in HDF5 for more details on how the function names changed in version 1.12.

Token Type

In HDF5 1.12, a token type, H5O_token_t, replaced the address type, haddr_t, for representing locations in an HDF5 file. This change better supports the Virtual Object Layer (VOL), as the concept of an "address" does not make sense for many connectors. A token type is a more generic type that can function as both a connector and address location.

This change affected the following functions:

Original Function in 1.10 / Macro in 1.12 (H5xxx)

Deprecated Function in 1.12 (H5xxx1)

New Function (using token type)

(H5xxx2 or H5xxx3)

H5L_GET_INFOH5L_GET_INFO1H5L_GET_INFO2
H5L_GET_INFO_BY_IDXH5L_GET_INFO_BY_IDX1H5L_GET_INFO_BY_IDX2
H5L_ITERATEH5L_ITERATE1H5L_ITERATE2
H5L_ITERATE_BY_NAMEH5L_ITERATE_BY_NAME1H5L_ITERATE_BY_NAME2
H5L_VISITH5L_VISIT1H5L_VISIT2
H5L_VISIT_BY_NAMEH5L_VISIT_BY_NAME1H5L_VISIT_BY_NAME2
H5O_GET_INFO H5O_GET_INFO1H5O_GET_INFO3
H5O_GET_INFO_BY_IDXH5O_GET_INFO_BY_IDX1H5O_GET_INFO_BY_IDX3
H5O_GET_INFO_BY_NAMEH5O_GET_INFO_BY_NAME1H5O_GET_INFO_BY_NAME3
H5O_VISITH5O_VISIT1H5O_VISIT3
H5O_VISIT_BY_NAME

H5O_VISIT_BY_NAME1

H5O_VISIT_BY_NAME3

Encoding Properties

These functions were introduced in HDF5 version 1.12 as part of the H5Sencode format change to enable 64-bit selection encodings and a dataspace selection that is tied to a file. See the H5Sencode / H5Sdecode format change RFC for details.

Original Function in 1.10 / Macro in 1.12 (H5xxx)

Deprecated Function in 1.12 (H5xxx1)

New Function (H5xxx2)
H5P_ENCODEH5P_ENCODE1H5P_ENCODE2
H5S_ENCODEH5S_ENCODE1H5S_ENCODE2

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