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Is there interest in maintaining chef cookbooks for ROS?

asked 2014-06-23 01:04:23 -0500

updated 2014-06-23 05:57:22 -0500

demmeln gravatar image

Chef is my tool of choice for configuration management. It's pretty easy-to-use, has strong community and solid integration with VMs and clouds. I'd like to use it to provision all my ROS-based development VMs and physical nodes.

I found a couple uses of it with ROS:

(sorry, not enough karma to publish links properly)

Both seem to be parts of personal/project setups that could be refactored/extracted into standalone cookbooks.

What would chef be good for? Building fully-configured systems that are ready to run:

  • building VMs with ROS: ready to run, do development, run tests
  • makes CI configuration easy
  • pulling 3rd party dependencies (bag files, models, etc) that project-specific and aren't part of an install
  • building boxes in the cloud with ROS

Q1: Is there interest?

Q2: Am I missing other existing examples?

Q3: What do people use right now?

Thanks a lot!

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answered 2014-06-23 22:21:50 -0500

Ryohei Ueda gravatar image

I'm the author of , however I have no passion about maitaining this cookbook yet.

Now I'm using simple shell script rather than chef cookbook to build ROS environment.

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Can you elaborate on your motivation for not using chef? Not necessary? Hard to maintain? Something else?

syrnick gravatar image syrnick  ( 2014-06-26 00:02:02 -0500 )edit

It was hard to maintain and I think the effort to maintain it is not worth to the effect.

Ryohei Ueda gravatar image Ryohei Ueda  ( 2014-07-06 04:45:59 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-09-03 09:30:43 -0500

Pingbot gravatar image

I would think so. Why reinvent the robot? LOL! The more tools/info that people have available to them the greater the exposure and use of the operating system. IMHO

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