[ros-users] Software Status Reporting and Custom Builds

William Woodall william at osrfoundation.org
Fri Sep 6 18:10:03 UTC 2013

So, yes travis-ci is awesome, I use it frequently to build ROS and ROS
agnostic things:


But I would also point out that if you have your repository (containing one
or more packages) listed in the `source.yaml` file for a given ROS
distribution, like this one:


Then our buildfarm (jenkins.ros.org) will do "devel" jobs for your packages
which build it, run the tests, and report back to you. The benefit of this
approach over travis-ci is that for catkin packages it already knows how to
resolve your dependencies for you, build your code and run the tests (and
hook into the test results). So it is a bit more zero configuration than
travis-ci for catkin (ROS) packages.

Not saying we shouldn't use travis-ci, I just wanted to make sure people
knew about this option.


On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM, Thomas Moulard <thomas.moulard at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 10:48 PM, Edwards, Shaun M. <sedwards at swri.org>
> wrote:
> > All,
> >
> >
> >
> > I looked at Travis briefly but it seemed to be set up for stand-alone
> > libraries or those with minimal dependencies.  I assume “installing” ROS
> was
> > not an option and building ROS packages would be impossible.  Am I
> missing
> > something?
> Travis is providing you with a Ubuntu 12.04 virtual machine at each build.
> Starting from that, there is no reason to not be able to install ROS on it
> and
> check your build.
> The tricky part is that they decide whether or not your use is "fair" or
> not.
> Without notifying them first a full switch of the ROS community is
> therefore
> risky. AFAIK if your build takes less than 30 minutes they are fine.
> So for vision_visp I am fine:
> https://travis-ci.org/laas/vision_visp/branches
> As for how to do it, it is exactly what you would do on your own machine.
> The .travis.yml call the .travis/before_install script which setup the apt
> repositories, get the key and run apt-get install.
> https://github.com/stack-of-tasks/redundant_manipulator_control/blob/master/.travis.yml
> https://github.com/stack-of-tasks/redundant_manipulator_control/blob/master/.travis/before_install
> Best,
> --
> Thomas Moulard(ムラー トマ)
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William Woodall
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