[ros-release] p2os Maintenance status

Tully Foote tfoote at osrfoundation.org
Sat May 31 01:50:52 UTC 2014

Hi Aris,

Please see our guide to maintenance: http://wiki.ros.org/MaintenanceGuide
As Austin pointed out Hunter is fulfilling his role as a package

In general, a maintainer in good standing they is the authority on the
project and we will only look to find a new maintainer when they choose to
step down. And when they step down we will usually look for people already
actively involved with the project to take over.

I'll echo Austin's suggestion that you open issues and file pull requests
against the driver. You do not need to be a maintainer to contribute to any


On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 9:54 AM, Austin Hendrix <legotown at aol.com> wrote:

>  Background:
> The existing p2os repository is https://github.com/allenh1/p2os
> The issue in question about transferring ownership is
> https://github.com/allenh1/p2os/issues/14
> In general, if a ROS package is missing functionality or has bugs, you
> should file a bug report, to let the maintainer know that there is a
> problem. If you have fixes for a particular bug or additional features, you
> should submit them as a pull request.
> Looking at the issue history for the p2os driver, I see that the level of
> support is actually quite good: there are no open bug reports, no open pull
> requests, and there has been a new release fairly quickly after major
> issues were addressed.
> Aris: I suggest you fork the github repository, and submit your fixes as
> pull requests. If you'd like the maintainer to make a release of the p2os
> driver into Hydro or Indigo, open an issue requesting a release, and see
> what the response is.
> Regards,
> -Austin
> On 05/29/2014 07:37 AM, Gert Kanter wrote:
>  Hi!
> I, for one, am in favor of taking over maintainership. If Hunter Allen is
> not motivated (or too busy etc) maintaining the package (already two ROS
> releases!), then in the interest of the community, a willing and active new
> maintainer should be able to pick up the slack. This way the original
> contributors of the p2os can still be (more prominently) credited for their
> previous contributions, especially if you have originally forked the
> improved p2os from the old p2os. I also agree that yet another package that
> is a successor of a unmaintained package just adds confusion for the
> community (and obscures the actively maintained package from new ROS users).
>  It would be best if Hunter would approve of this action, of course.
>  Disclaimer: I am working on a robot with the Pioneer mobile platform with
> p2os and I am very interested in the mentioned new developments in your
> private repository.
>  Just my two cents,
>  Gert Kanter
> 2014-05-29 16:19 GMT+03:00 Aris Synodinos <asynodin at mech.upatras.gr>:
>> Hi,
>> I have just recently sent the following(cited) email about the
>> maintenance status of p2os, but since I was not a member of the list, the
>> email has not been made public. I am therefore forwarding the email again,
>> hoping that you will not receive it twice. Just yesterday the maintainer of
>> p2os pushed a new commit to the p2os package, which is however mostly
>> unmaintained and old (no rqt - no ros_control - no simulation etc). I have
>> contacted the ros-sig-pioneer mailing list as you can see in the previous
>> email and we want to not mix things up for the community.
>> Currently there are two drivers for pioneer robots, rosaria and p2os.
>> Rosaria is actively maintained by the members of ros-sig-pioneer and uses
>> libaria to communicate with the robots. P2os however, which dates back to
>> the stage driver, has been left without proper ros support for a long time,
>> with no major upgrade ever since electric. Hunter Allen used a part of
>> Dereck Wonnacott's work ( https://github.com/dawonn/ros-p2os-driver )
>>  and ported p2os to groovy, using bloom for releasing the code with debs.
>> The problem is that H. Allen is not updating the driver (very little
>> support) and due to the fact that he has released the driver with the p2os
>> package name, no one else can take ownership/maintainership without causing
>> unnecessary confusion to the community. The result is very poor support for
>> p2os, (until yesterday there were no install targets for p2os, so the deb
>> packages were empty) and outdated support (groovy). I have tried contacting
>> H. Allen about stepping up to the job, but he closed the issue without
>> responding.
>> What is the proper way to proceed? Is it preferable to release a new
>> package under a different name? I will upload my code publicly on github as
>> soon as this is resolved, under the same (p2os) or a different name if that
>> is requested. Currently, my code is in a private bitbucket repository.
>> Regards,
>> Aris
>> On Sun, May 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM, Aris Synodinos <
>> asynodin at mech.upatras.gr> wrote:
>>> After contacting the ros-sig-pioneer mailing list, and since the
>>> previous maintainer is unfortunately not responding and has stopped
>>> maintaining the p2os package, I am willing to step up and claim
>>> maintainership of the package.
>>> I have fixed the issues that exist for groovy (no install directives in
>>> cmake making the debian package unusable), added features in hydro (moveit
>>> integration, rqt_dashboard etc) and am willing to continue maintaining it
>>> for future versions (indigo etc).
>>> Please inform me how to proceed for this to happen. Currently I have
>>> published all my work in a private repo in bitbucket so as not to cause
>>> confusion to the community, but of course I will publish this in github
>>> when this is desirable.
>>> Here is the issue I created for the maintainership status in github:
>>> https://github.com/allenh1/p2os/issues/14
>>> Here is the mail in the ros-sig-pioneer mailing list:
>>> https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/ros-sig-pioneer/GVe3IQUn7cU
>>>  --
>>> Aris Synodinos
>>> PhD Student
>>> Robotics Grouphttps://github.com/dawonn/ros-p2os-driver
>>> Mechanical and Aeronautics Engineering Department
>>> Tel. +30-2610-996248
>>> e-mail: asynodin at mech.upatras.gr
>>> Web: http://robotics.mech.upatras.gr/
>>  --
>> Aris Synodinos
>> PhD Student
>> Robotics Group
>> Mechanical and Aeronautics Engineering Department
>> Tel. +30-2610-996248
>> e-mail: asynodin at mech.upatras.gr
>> Web: http://robotics.mech.upatras.gr/
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