[ros-users] rosinstall REP 110 update

Ken Conley kwc at willowgarage.com
Wed Mar 21 23:40:29 UTC 2012

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On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM, Thibault Kruse <kruset at in.tum.de> wrote:
> Hi all,
> the new rosinstall 0.6 series also has an implementation of REP110
> (http://www.ros.org/reps/rep-0110.html).
> I attach to this announcement an updated version of REP110 (Ken, please
> update).
> I am not sure what next step will be required to close the REP as final,
> if the next step in the formal process is a review, then I hereby declare
> the REP to be ready for review.
> Summary:
> REP110 suggests a new command-line tool called rosws that does what
> rosinstall does, with a more SCM like syntax. This should on the one hand
> benefit novice users who feel uncertain about rosinstall, but can also
> benefit expert users who felt that rosinstall does too much with a single
> command.
> rosws uses the same functions and back-end as rosinstall, it is just a
> different ui to the same tool. Therefore there are no incompatibilities
> between both tools. However it is an ongoing attempt to make rosinstall
> more independent of ROS, and rosws will allow to create workspaces that do
> not have a ROS root. The rosinstall command remains unchanged except for
> the addition of an option to run SCM actions in parallel.
> Users will get the rosws script if they update rosinstall using pip
> $ sudo pip install -U rosinstall
> There is also tab completion for bash that went into a python package of
> its own (this one does not install with easy_install):
> $ sudo pip install -U rosinstall_shellcompletion
> Documentation and a tutorial for rosws are here:
> http://www.ros.org/doc/api/rosinstall/html/
> So if you got curious go ahead and try it out.
> Also I made some design decisions on usability (with much help from Tully
> and Ken), but I can well have misjudged, and I am happy to modify details
> based on user feedback.
> regards,
>  Thibault
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