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Rule/practice for the location of storing config files

asked 2013-01-31 08:24:40 -0500

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updated 2013-03-11 11:32:40 -0500

On Ubuntu Quantal with Groovy on my home dir, I see hidden dirs:

.ros  (might be used for storing logs only?) (*1)

Also, there could be pkgs that store their config in arbitrary location. For example rqt_gui stores its setting in ~/.config/, which I had a hard time in finding by file search (grep, find) and ended up looking into its code (this is not documented either).

Is there any good rule / practice to standardize the config/setting files' location ROS-wide?

*1...3/4/2013 turned out false. See wiki

Update 3/11/2013 For rqt_gui specifically, it will keep using ~/.config folder since it is/will be not fully ROS-dependent. See discussion here.

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answered 2013-03-04 11:03:36 -0500

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The normal ROS practice is to use some subdirectory of $ROS_HOME for storing data generated from ROS nodes.

If $ROS_HOME is not defined, use ~/.ros as a default.

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I see also it's documented here.

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answered 2013-03-04 05:01:19 -0500

Claudio gravatar image

Writing a few packages, I encountered the same problem: where do I save my data?

I used this little trick from stackoverflow to get the user home dir, and then save in my own subfolder, or in an aptly named folder under the .ros folder.

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