[ros-users] ROS Packages Mantainer Statusvvvv

Daniel Stonier d.stonier at gmail.com
Sat Apr 27 03:48:00 UTC 2013

This is great. I found this last night and was curious how the tags were

The rep could use a clear definition on the distinction between status
'developed' and 'maintained' though. I'm not sure it's immediately obvious,
but I'm guessing it is whether there's a promise the abi won't change
during the release. Is this correct?


On 27 April 2013 12:09, Tully Foote <tfoote at osrfoundation.org> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> I'm happy to announce that with the upgrades to the ROS infrastructure,
> specifically REP 137, we can now provide a maintainer status for catkin
> based packages for Groovy [1] and Hydro [2].  If you browse these status
> pages you will see now not just the versions and build status, but also the
> maintainer and the maintenance status.  This is part of our effort to make
> the development status of packages more easily discoverable to users.
> All packages are initialized to unknown and maintainers are asked to
> submit a pull request to state that they will maintain the package for this
> rosdistro.  Each successive rosdistro will request that maintainers
> resubmit pull requests to declare their intent to continue maintaining the
> package.  After most maintainers are filled in and the state of the system
> is determined we will put out a call for adoption for packages which do not
> have active maintainers.
> We have 4 supported maintenance levels:
> developed
> maintained
> unmaintained
> end-of-life
> More details the status definitions can be found in REP 137 [3]
> If you are a maintainer please submit a pull request to state the expected
> level of maintenance.  If you are not currently a maintainer please
> consider reviewing packages which you use or care about and consider
> volunteering to maintain them if there is a call for adoption.  Being a
> maintainer is not a large commitment to do significant development, it is
> simply to keep packages up to date and make the occasional release.
> To update maintainer status you need to submit a pull request to the
> rosdistro repo.  Some examples are included below.
> Tully
> [1] http://www.ros.org/debbuild/groovy.html
> [2] http://www.ros.org/debbuild/hydro.html
> [3] http://ros.org/reps/rep-0137.html
> Example Pull Requests:
> https://github.com/ros/rosdistro/pull/755
> https://github.com/ros/rosdistro/pull/753
> https://github.com/ros/rosdistro/pull/750
> https://github.com/ros/rosdistro/pull/744
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