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is gazebo 1.2.5 unit-aware?

I use a number of COLLADA meshes exported from Sketchup, which defaults to inches during the export. This has not been a problem in the past, as I simply scale all my models appropriately (see here).

I recently upgraded from ROS Fuerte to Groovy, and it seems that Gazebo 1.2.5 now takes into account that the meshes are in inches, whereas ROS continues to ignore it. An example mesh can be seen here.

I've fixed all the units in my meshes to meters (a bit annoying to do in Sketchup), but it is good to know why the behavior changed.