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API review

Proposer: Tully

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General theory

Nodelets look like nodes to everyone except ros they each get a namespace at the default level. Parameters are loaded into their ~ namespace. Remappings are applied to their specific NodeHandles at load, and not to the entire process.

Launch Syntax

Existing roslaunch syntax.

<launch>
<node>
<machine>
<include>
<remap>
<env>
<param>
<rosparam>
<group>
<test>

proposed yaml syntax for nodelets

normal_estimator:
  type: NormalEstmator
  params:
    min_area: 3
    max_area; 4
  remap:
  - from:~/input_cloud
    to: pcd_cloud
  - from: ~/output_normals
    to: normals
ground_plane_removal:
  type: GroundPlaneFilter
  params:
    tolerance: 5
    something_complicated: {a:'b', c:'d'}
  remap:
  - from: ~/input_cloud
    to: pcd_cloud
  - from: ~/input_normals
    to: normals
  - from: ~/output_cloud
    to: ground_free_cloud

Alternative to be more roslaunch like

nodelets:
- name: foo
  type: bar
  params: 
    many: here
  remap:
  - from: a
    to: b
- name: foo2
  type: bar
  params: 
    many: here
  remap:
  - from: a
    to: b

For launching you can use spawner style syntax: so you bring up node "manager" and then use

nodelet_spawner "manager" nodelet_name NodeletType parameter_file.yaml remappings.yaml

Or yaml_file config based

nodelet load nodelet_name yaml_file.yaml [manager]
nodelet load  "manager" nodelet_name NodeletType parameter_file.yaml remapping_file
nodelet start nodelet_name

to stop

nodelet stop nodelet_name
nodelet unload nodelet_name

Comments: Ken:

!! nodelet:
  type: 
  pkg: 
  name: 
  manager:

!node
  ns: this is the only support namespaces no groups
!param
!nodelet
!include
  ns: 
  file: 

This is better due to being able to concatenate

pluginlib abstract package/name for Type to avoid namespace collisions

For now push parameters up and then point manager to namespace by service call. make parameters in private namespace, not ~/params

Conclusion

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2019-11-16 13:05