[ros-users] REP 137 Call for vote

Dirk Thomas dthomas at osrfoundation.org
Tue Apr 16 23:27:40 UTC 2013

During the Hydro cycle we have been working on REP 137 for specifying the ROS distribution files and building a reference implementation for it.
The main goals of this REP are:

- Clearly separate information required for the different stages of the package life cycles:
   - releasing
   - packaging
   - running tests
   - running prerelease tests
   - generate documentation
- Provide a clean interface for various tools to access these information.
- Update all tools to utilize this information (like rosdistro names, urls, platforms and architectures) in a centralized manor, rather than hard coding in the code base.
- Enable forking of the rosdistro repository in the future in order to run custom buildfarms.

Please find the latest version of the document at:

We have already circulated this REP (https://github.com/ros-infrastructure/rep/pull/27), and based on the feedback we have updated the REP in the last weeks and the reference implementation 
(https://github.com/ros-infrastructure/rosdistro) is near completion.
Additionally, changes to all the affected tools are pending and should be deployed in the next few days.

If you are interested in this REP please have a close look and vote or comment on the activation pull request:


Thank you,


Dirk Thomas
ROS Development Team
dthomas at osrfoundation.org

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