[ros-users] [Discourse.ros.org] [robot description formats] Common location for sensor URDF files?

Vincent Rousseau ros.discourse at gmail.com
Fri Apr 28 10:02:29 UTC 2017

I agree with you we need more sensor description package.
There was a discussion on this on the SIG driver group : https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ros-sig-drivers/UDEdIMiL0MU

Here is the conclusion that I like from Jack O'Quin
> For most devices, I think it makes sense to distribute the foo_description as a separate package in the same repository as the foo_driver. 

> * They get released together, so they remain in sync with support for new models, etc. 

> * Their dependencies remain separate. 

> * They can be installed on different machines, useful if the driver can run on a small headless controller.

> Of course, some generic drivers, like camera1394 or usb_cam, have no idea what the actual device looks like. There are thousands of IIDC or USB camera models. I suppose they could provide a generic box with a lens, but what's the point? That could legitimately go somewhere else.

For example, there should be a new package named realsense_description in https://github.com/intel-ros/realsense

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