[ros-users] New Parameter Server

Jack O'Quin jack.oquin at gmail.com
Wed Apr 17 14:22:07 UTC 2013

On Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 8:06 AM, Gonzalo Abella <abellagonzalo at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thank you very much for your answers. They are all pretty helpful. A
> brief summarize:

> - But (a possibility), rely on a simple key-value DB as Redis to
> minimize development/maintenance.

+1 to redis

> - Priorities to initialize parameters: (0) default values, (1) launch
> files, (2) parameter server, (3) command line. +number -> +priority

Not sure why the server needs to worry about this. Parameters get set
whenever someone sets them. Not your responsibility, its under user

> The params lifecycle is a tricky problem. I think the best solution
> would be a combination of both live/die with paramserver and live/die
> with parent. It is reasonable to have global parameters which do not
> depend on any node (or depend on the ROS Master). But other
> parameters, such as private params, are meaningless and they should be
> removed from the param server.

Beware: in the existing implementation, parameters live and die with
the parameter server (currently roscore). That is often useful.

 * I often find myself starting roscore first just so I don't have to
reload parameters every time I test some node.

 * Sometimes parameters may be adjusted during node execution. If they
are destroyed when the node terminates, we lose the opportunity to
save them somewhere for the next session.

 * For general compatibility, interface issues like this should not be
changed without a compelling reason.

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