[ros-users] Uservoice-like Suggestions Page

Bill Morris bill at iheartengineering.com
Fri Jul 20 16:09:21 UTC 2012

On Fri, 2012-07-20 at 09:05 +0200, Jonathan Bohren wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 2:00 AM, Geoffrey
> Biggs <geoffrey.biggs at aist.go.jp> wrote:


> ROS is old enough now that there are a lot of packages, even
> wg-spawned packages, whose owners have moved on to other things. I'm
> talking from experience on this, since I recently tried to fix what I
> considered a serious flaw in a wg-hosted package, only to find that
> the names listed in the package manifest are no longer the maintainers
> and the person listed in the stack manifest is (understandably) too
> busy to deal with my  patch. I find myself blocked, and I could fork
> it, but this package is currently distributed with the debian packages
> and I think creating a new package with a new name will just lead to
> confusion and fragmentation.

I have had similar experiences waiting for patches to land.

For part of this, I think there needs to be a clearer process for
gaining commit access or forking for "core" ros packages.

While it doesn't solve the documentation issue, Debian has an
interesting approach with the idea of a "Request for adoption"

Perhaps another approach would be for maintainers to avoid/remove
namespace conflicts for unmaintained packages. ie. linefollower ->
Bill Morris <bill at iheartengineering.com>
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