[ros-users] New Documentation Generation and Indexing for ros.org

Eitan Marder-Eppstein eitan at hidof.com
Tue Nov 6 16:02:49 UTC 2012

On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 7:40 AM, Armin Hornung <
HornungA at informatik.uni-freiburg.de> wrote:

> On 2012-11-06 16:23, Eitan Marder-Eppstein wrote:
>> If there's a ton of demand to have headers generated for electric, there
>> might be a way for me to create a hybrid system of the old and new
>> indexers, but it's an item that hasn't been high on my priority list.
> According to David Lu's recent poll, a third of the participating ROS
> users are still on electric, so I would think that this information is
> certainly needed by quite a few users! This is even more important for the
> non-released stacks I'd say, since the indexer gives the repo information
> to check out. Released stacks are easier to find and install in the package
> manager.

There's also the option of switching Electric over completely to the new
indexer. This will require stack maintainers to submit rosinstall files for
that distribution, much like they do for Fuerte and Groovy to repopulate
things, but it would have the advantage of everything being on the same
system. If people really are using and maintaining electric code, perhaps
this is the solution that makes sense rather than some hacked up hybrid.
I'll talk to the core ROS team about what they think would be appropriate

>  Once this issue is fixed, however, the idea is that stack maintainers can
>> see why their builds are failing or unstable and make fixes to their
>> repositories as needed.
> That information will be surely useful, although I would suggest to not
> display it that prominently as first information on the wiki page and
> highlighted in bold. I would show it (along with the last indexed date)
> smaller and faded like the "last changed" information at the bottom. Maybe
> even hide it by default and make it expandable, or put it to the bottom of
> the page?

I'll admit that I didn't really think through the presentation too much. I
was just happy to be able to provide jenkins notifications on the wiki. You
make a good suggestion and I'll keep it in mind when I turn unstable
notifications back on.

Thanks for the input,


> Cheers,
> Armin
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Eitan Marder-Eppstein
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