[ros-users] ROS.org Website impovement

Ken Conley kwc at willowgarage.com
Tue Mar 16 17:14:12 UTC 2010

This is a good request; unfortunately it's more complicated than it
seems. The typical SVN layout has become more complicated since the
humble beginnings of roslocate. I tried to implement adding the URLs
to the wiki a couple of weeks ago and ran into several issues:

 1) Addition of git and bzr support
 2) Released vs. unreleased code, plus stacks
 3) Multiple releases of a package (i.e. boxturtle vs. latest)

Right now, tools like Browse and the wiki work at the package level;
they have no idea about #2 and #3. It's really only the Stack releases
page that has enough knowledge right now to give the best URL to a
package (i.e. I want the development branch, the boxturtle tag, the
versioned tag).

In the case that motivated this example, Andreas tried to get
point_cloud_mapping, which is currently being torn apart to make PCL
and is also built on top of a lot of unstable/deprecated code. All of
the code is stuff that we're intentionally trying to hide away because
we don't want people to be confused by "should I download ANN or ann",
as well as "why am I now downloading deprecated_msgs"?

So, apologies Andreas -- there's really not a good solution for you
right now. Given that you are using a deb-based install of ROS Box
Turtle, my best recommendation for you is to probably checkout our old
"Box Turtle" sandbox here:


That will give you a lot of packages you don't need, but it does
contain all of the packages you wanted at their Box Turtle version.
The new point_cloud_perception stack should alleviate this particular
problem when it matures; unfortunately we didn't have time to include
it in Box Turtle.

 - Ken

On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 8:12 AM, Jack O'Quin <jack.oquin at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 9:59 AM, Tully Foote <tfoote at willowgarage.com> wrote:
>> The svn urls for released stacks are available under the "Releases" link
>> in the menu.
>> For example http://www.ros.org/wiki/common
>> http://www.ros.org/wiki/common/Releases
> With the advent of boxturtle, these are seldom needed. For me, it's
> usually the more obscure packages I can't find. If it's late and I'm
> tired, I sometimes forget the excellent "roslocate svn <package>"
> command. New users may not know about it.
> For new ROS users, automatically including the source URL in every
> package page would be good.
> --
>  joq
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