HDF5 files appear empty

Bug #1696456 reported by Peter Würtz
This bug affects 14 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
jhdf (Debian)
jhdf (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The HDF5 viewer "hdfview" is currently broken. All files opened by this application just appear empty.

As discussed in debian bugreport https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=853750 this is due to an incompatibility of HDF5 libraries HDF5-1.8 and HDF5-1.10. hdfview doesn't work with version 1.10.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.04
Package: hdfview 2.11.0+dfsg-2build1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.10.0-22.24-generic 4.10.15
Uname: Linux 4.10.0-22-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_uvm nvidia_drm nvidia_modeset nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.20.4-0ubuntu4.1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity:Unity7
Date: Wed Jun 7 16:56:03 2017
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-02-06 (121 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 16.10 "Yakkety Yak" - Release amd64 (20161012.2)
SourcePackage: jhdf
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to zesty on 2017-04-15 (53 days ago)

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Peter Würtz (pwuertz) wrote :
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Peter Würtz (pwuertz) wrote :

With ubuntu shipping HDF libraries version 1.10, the only option is to bump hdfview to version 3 beta.


Changed in jhdf (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in jhdf (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Václav Šmilauer (eudoxos) wrote :

Severity of this bug should be raised accordingly, the package is completely useless and only confuses people.

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Markus J Schmidt (smiddy84) wrote :

I contacted the HDF Group today and asked for a fix. Perhaps you can do the same:


tags: added: bionic cosmic
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Peter Würtz (pwuertz) wrote :

@~smiddy84 As you can see from my comment 2 years ago, this problem has already been solved in HDF View 3. Ubuntu / Debian just didn't update their package since then.

I wish there was a way to flag packages as dead/abandoned so they can be removed from the distribution... instead of continuing to ship broken versions for 2 years, counting.

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Andrei Savici (saviciat) wrote :

Still the same issue in Ubuntu 20.04 :(

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