Yes, rosinstall auto generates this based on what it installed. If you are going to build packages yourself, be sure to append to the $ROS_PACKAGE_PATH by following the instructions here http://www.ros.org/wiki/ROS/Tutorials/InstallingandConfiguringROSEnvironment Yes, although you chose an odd directory to install ros in. rosinstall auto generates this based on what it installed. If you are going to build packages yourself, be sure to append to the$ROS_PACKAGE_PATH by following the instructions here http://www.ros.org/wiki/ROS/Tutorials/InstallingandConfiguringROSEnvironment