Release notes for PyTables 2.4 series¶
Changes from 2.3.1 to 2.4¶
Improved HDF5 error logging management:
Leaf nodes now have attributes for retrieving the size of data in memory and on disk. Data on disk can be compressed, so the new attributes make it easy to compute the data compression ration. Thanks to Josh Ayers (close gh-141).
The maximum number of threads for Blosc and Numexpr is now handled using the
parameters.MAX_NUMEXPR_THREADSparameters respectively. This allows a more fine grained configuration capability. Closes gh-142.
Dropped support for HDF5 1.6.x. Now PyTables uses the HDF5 1.8 API (closes gh-105).
Blosc updated to v. 1.1.3.
The Blosc compression library is now automatically disabled on platforms that do not support unaligned memory access (see also https://github.com/FrancescAlted/blosc/issues/3 and http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=661286).
Improved bzip2 detection on Windows (gh-116). Thanks to cgohlke.
For Windows, the setup.py script now has the ability to automatically find the HDF5_DIR in the system PATH. Thanks to Mark (mwiebe).
Improved multi-arch support in GNU/Linux platforms (closes gh-124) Thanks to Julian Taylor and Picca Frederic-Emmanuel.
Use new style syntax for exception raising. Closes gh-93.
Fixed most of the warnings related to py3k compatibility (see gh-92).
Reduced the number of build warnings (closes gh-101).
Removed the old lrucache module. It is no more needed after the merge with PyTables Pro (closes gh-118).
Added explicit (import time) testing for hdf5dll.dll on Windows to improve diagnostics (closes gh-146). Thanks to Mark (mwiebe).
new cookbook section (contents have been coming from the PyTables wiki on http://www.pytables.org)
complete rework of the library reference. Now the entire chapter is generated from docstrings using the sphinx autodoc extension. A big thank you to Josh Ayers. Closes gh-148.
new sphinx theme based on the cloud template
Fixed a segfault on platforms that do not support unaligned memory access (closes: gh-134). Thanks to Julian Taylor.
Fixed table descriptions copy method (closes gh-131).
Fixed open failures handling (closes gh-158). Errors that happen when one tries to open an invalid HDF5 file (e.g. an empty file) are now detected earlier by PyTables and a proper exception (
exceptions.HDF5ExtError) is raised. Also, in case of open failures, invalid file descriptors are no more cached. Before is fix it was not possible to completely close the bad file and reopen the same path, even if a valid file was created in the meanwhile. Thanks to Daniele for reporting and for the useful test code.
Fixed flavor deregistration (closes gh-163)
Since the support for HDF5 1.6.x has been dropped, the warn16incompat argument of the
File.createExternalLink()method and the
exceptions.Incompat16Warningexception class are now deprecated.
—The PyTables Team