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Gazebo 8 pre-release tutorial review

Hello everyone,

Gazebo 8 will be released on January 25th 2017. It’s not a Long Term Support (LTS) version, so it will be supported for 2 years until 2019. It will be supported on Ubuntu Xenial, Yakkety and higher and OSX 10.10 and higher. ROS wrappers for gazebo8 will come some days after the release.

Following the tradition, the Gazebo team will be testing all the tutorials against the beta release. We would like to invite the community to join us today (Thursday, January 19th), to help reviewing the tutorials.

We will be coordinating through a Google spreadsheet which has links to the tutorials and review guidelines. Further coordination can be done through comments on the spreadsheet or replies to this email.

Another way you can help is by simply installing the Gazebo 8 beta and letting us know if anything is broken or looks odd.

Thank you for your help and support!

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I installed the beta just today and tried out the actor animation stuff, which works for me (including the cafe world which uses the plugin). One thing though, when I exit from the application it spouts the following error:
Error in `gzclient’: double free or corruption (!prev)
…followed by a backtrace and memory map. Here’s the complete error output –
http://pastebin.com/5Q44QCj9

My PC setup – Xenial, ROS Kinetic, on Nvidia Titan X

Hello:

Thanks for testing the beta! The error looks like an ABI problem between the different versions of ignition-math used by the old version of gazebo and sdformat. Please report it in the gazebo issue tracker so we can take care of it properly.

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FYI, if you’d like to try Gazebo 8, but don’t want to change you current install,
The official Gazebo Docker Hub repo has been updated to include tags for Gazebo 8:

docker pull gazebo
docker run gazebo

This will pull and run the latest image/tag of gazebo/libgazebo8.

Check out the repo page for more documentation:
https://hub.docker.com/_/gazebo/

And if you’d like to run gazebo with GUI in the container,
checkout these wiki pages as reference material:
http://wiki.ros.org/docker/Tutorials/GUI
http://wiki.ros.org/docker/Tutorials/Hardware%20Acceleration

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