[ros-release] proposal for changing the installation page on the wiki

Mike Purvis mpurvis at clearpathrobotics.com
Wed Sep 23 21:12:37 UTC 2015

The strength of the per-distro pages *should* be that it's a clean start,
but in practice (at least for OS X), the same hacks and workarounds get
copied from distro to distro, resulting in a page that's completely
overwhelmed with information that mostly originated with Groovy and Hydro:


Since there's little gained from the current approach, I'd be fine to move
to OS-oriented seesaw install pages. The $ROS_DISTRO JS replacement I added
some time ago may help in facilitating genericized instructions in some

On 23 September 2015 at 17:08, William Woodall via ros-release <
ros-release at lists.ros.org> wrote:

> I meant that when Kinetic comes out, we'll need to go to every platform
> and put "{{{#!wiki version kinetic DOES NOT WORK}}}" or similar (which is
> because there is no "default" option with the seesaw). Otherwise you just
> get a blank page.
> But maybe a macro is too much work. Like I said it's not worse than the
> current system.
> On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 1:56 PM, Vincent Rabaud <vincent.rabaud at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Well, I actually think yet another macro would be too much work no ? Good
>> text can fix your points I believe, e.g.:
>> http://wiki.ros.org/Installation/Angstrom
>> And for instructions that don't change much (like OSX I guess), well,
>> it's the guy that usually writes the page that will fix it no ? One page
>> with ROS-distro sections, or a bunch of includes (like what I did): his
>> call no ?
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