On Wed, Sep 09, 2009 at 06:07:14PM +0700, Ivan Shmakov wrote:
> Package: hdf4-tools
> Version: 4.2r4-5
> 
>       The libhdf4g-run package, which hdf4-tools is, IIUC, intended to
>       replace, contained the `ncdump-hdf' and `ncgen-hdf' programs,
>       which allowed easy transformation of the data between HDF4 and a
>       certain ASCII representation.  However, these programs were, for
>       a reason unknown to me, excluded from hdf4-tools, and it seems
>       that no comparable replacement was provided.
> 
>       For example, as of this hdf4-tools version, there's no easy way
>       to list the ``contents'' of an HDF4 file (field names,
>       dimensions, attributes) -- the information that has proven to be
>       vital for everyday use.  Formely, it could be done with, say:
> 
> $ ncdump-hdf -h FILE.hdf | less 
> 
>       One of the 4.1st versions of the package that I have the sources
>       to had the following in the Debian .diff.gz:
> 
> $ zcat pool/main/libh/libhdf4/libhdf4_4.1r4-22.diff.gz 
> ...
> --- libhdf4-4.1r4.orig/debian/rules
> +++ libhdf4-4.1r4/debian/rules
> @@ -0,0 +1,211 @@
> ...
> +binary-run:
> ...
> +     # Rename ncgen and ncdump
> +     mv debian/tmp-run/usr/bin/ncgen{,-hdf}
> +     mv debian/tmp-run/usr/bin/ncdump{,-hdf}
> ...
> $ 
> 
>       The 4.2r4-5 has instead:
> 
> $ zcat pool/main/libh/libhdf4/libhdf4_4.2r4-5.diff.gz 
> --- libhdf4-4.2r4.orig/debian/rules
> +++ libhdf4-4.2r4/debian/rules
> @@ -0,0 +1,199 @@
> ...
> +stamps/install-stamp: build-arch
> ...
> +     # remove programs and manpages provided by netcdf-bin
> +     rm -f $(DESTDIR)/usr/bin/ncdump $(DESTDIR)/usr/bin/ncgen
> +     rm -f $(DESTDIR)/usr/share/man/man1/ncdump* 
> $(DESTDIR)/usr/share/man/man1/ncgen*
> +     
> ...
> $ 
> 
>       The comment provided is, to the best of my knowledge, wrong: the
>       versions of these programs provided by netcdf-bin are for NetCDF
>       files only, and have no relation (except of the one of the
>       ``ancestry'' character) to HDF4.
> 
>       Please consider bringing ncdump-hdf and ncgen-hdf back to the
>       Debian package.
> 
>       TIA.
> 

True, it needs a fix.

-- 
Francesco P. Lovergine



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