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rqt: container plugin problems

I have problems making the rqt container plugin do as I want.

Basically I want the full application window to consists of 2 or more tab panels. Each of tabs will show several plugins.

I thought I could do this with the container plugin, so a tab is based on a container. But I have some problems:

  • Placement problems: I simply cannot drop the plugins the right place so they end up in the right container
  • Lockups: Frequently a plugin ends up floating and non-responsive

Questions:

  1. Can I expect the container plugin to do what I described?
  2. Can I achieve what I describe by creating two different perspective files, each one representing what I want in a tab. And then manually edit a perspective file to form a new perspective which present perspective a and b as two tabs?
  3. Other options?