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Xdmf depends on hdf5 and has a header only dependency on boost. You must obtain and build those projects before you can build xdmf. To use Xdmf from Python or Java you will also need swig.
To obtain xdmf:
- git clone git://xdmf.org/Xdmf.git
- mkdir build
- cd build
- ccmake ..
To use xdmf from wrapped languages you will need to configure XDMF_WRAP_PYTHON, or XDMF_WRAP_JAVA on in ccmake.
Xdmf is mirrored in VTK which has reader and writer classes the call into XDMF to do file IO. To use XDMF within VTK, simply turn on Module_vtkIOXdmf2 or Module_vtkIOXdmf3 on the advanced options page of you VTK configuration.