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If you identify bugs, have suggestions for improvements, or a question specific to one package, you can open an issue on GitHub.
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If it has not been reported, feel free to open an issue in the appropriate repository tracker. If it’s not clear which tracker to use for a particular issue, file it in the ros2/ros2 repository and we’ll have a look at it.
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Include enough information for another person to understand the issue.
Describe exactly what you were doing or are trying to do, and exactly what, if anything, went wrong. If following a tutorial or online instructions provide a link to the specific instructions.
Use a descriptive headline or subject line. Bad: “rviz doesn’t work”. Good: “Rviz crashing looking for missing .so after latest apt update”
Include information about the exact platform, software, versions, and environment relevant to the problem. This includes how you installed the software (from binaries or from source) and which ROS middleware/DDS vendor you are using (if you know it).
Any warnings or errors. Cut and paste them directly from the terminal window to which they were printed. Please do not re-type or include a screenshot.
In case of a bug consider providing a short, self contained, correct (compilable), example.
When discussing any compiling/linking/installation issues, also provide the compiler version
As appropriate, also include your:
ROS environment variables (env | grep ROS)
Relevant config files
Graphics card model and driver version
Ogre.log for rviz, if possible (run with rviz -l)
Bag files and code samples that can reproduce the problem
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When you feel comfortable enough to suggest a specific change directly to the code, you can submit a pull request. Pull requests are welcome for any of the ros2 repositories. See the Contributing page for more details and etiquette on how to contribute.
To start a discussion with other ROS 2 community members, visit the official ROS Discourse. Content on the Discourse should be high-level; it’s not a place to get questions about code answered, but it would be suitable to start a conversation about best practices or improving standards.
Discussions about ROS 2 development and plans are happening on the “Next Generation ROS” Discourse category. Participating in these discussions is an important way to have a say on how different features of ROS 2 will work and be implemented.
The diverse community behind the ROS ecosystem is one of its greatest assets. We encourage all members of the ROS community to participate in these design discussions so that we can leverage the experience of community members, and keep the varied use cases of ROS in mind.
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