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Re: problem loading hdf5 file

From: David Bateman
Subject: Re: problem loading hdf5 file
Date: Tue, 4 May 2004 11:10:10 +0200
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According to John W. Eaton <address@hidden> (on 05/04/04):
> On  3-May-2004, E. Joshua Rigler <address@hidden> wrote:
> | I don't really know how important it is to "fix" Octave to handle poorly
> | designed data files.  It's probably just easier for me to write some
> | h5dump scripts for now.  Thanks again for your feedback.
> I don't think Octave's load command should be fixed to handle
> arbitrary HDF5 files.  Instead, it would probably be better to have a
> thin wrapper around the HDF5 library that would allow you to easily
> write an Octave script to read whatever HDF5 files you have (still
> assuming that you can represent the data in some way inside Octave).

I cringe..... Not saying this is impossible, but you'd basically have to
write a version of for this wrapper rather than reusing what
is already there.

Looking at the suggestion to use "h5dump", I think a combination of this,
a good xml DTD and xmlread from octave-forge might do the trick. Though
it seems the DTD delivered with h5dump can't handle arbitrary compound
datatypes either, so something new would have to be written....


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