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Error installing ROS on MacBook Pro OS X 10.6.7

asked 2011-07-02 09:29:32 -0600

DiTz gravatar image

updated 2012-02-20 11:33:12 -0600

Kevin gravatar image

Hello i am trying to install ROS on a MacBook pro running OS X 10.6.7 and i am getting this error! Any help please?

Bootstrapping ROS build
Detected ros_comm bootstrapping it too.
[ rosmake ] Packages requested are: ['ros', 'ros_comm']                         
[ rosmake ] Logging to directory/Users/Diamadis/.ros/rosmake/rosmake_output-20110703-002019
[ rosmake ] Expanded args ['ros', 'ros_comm'] to:
['rosunit', 'rospack', 'rosmake', 'rosemacs', 'rosdep', 'roscreate', 'rosclean', 'rosboost_cfg', 'rosbash', 'test_rospack', 'test_rosmake', 'test_roslib', 'test_rosdep', 'test_roscreate', 'roslib', 'roslang', 'rosbuild', 'mk', 'xmlrpcpp', 'roswtf', 'rostime', 'message_filters', 'cpp_common', 'topic_tools', 'rostopic', 'rostest', 'rosservice', 'rosrecord', 'rosparam', 'rosout', 'rosnode', 'rosmsg', 'rosmaster', 'roslaunch', 'rosgraph', 'rosconsole', 'rosbagmigration', 'rosbag', 'test_topic_tools', 'test_roswtf', 'test_rostopic', 'test_rostime', 'test_rostest', 'test_rosservice', 'test_rospy', 'test_rosparam', 'test_rosnode', 'test_rosmsg', 'test_rosmaster', 'test_roslib_comm', 'test_roslaunch', 'test_rosgraph', 'test_roscpp_serialization_perf', 'test_roscpp_serialization', 'test_roscpp', 'test_rosbag', 'test_ros', 'test_crosspackage', 'perf_roscpp', 'roscore_migration_rules', 'std_srvs', 'std_msgs', 'rosgraph_msgs', 'rospy', 'roslisp', 'roscpp_traits', 'roscpp_serialization', 'roscpp']
[ rosmake ] Generating Install Script using rosdep then executing. This may take a minute, you will be prompted for permissions. . .
rosdep executing this script:
set -o errexit
#No packages to install
[ rosmake ] rosdep successfully installed all system dependencies               
[ rosmake ] Starting >>> tools/rospack                                          
[ rosmake ] Finished <<< tools/rospack                                          
[rosmake-0] Starting >>> roslib [ make ]                                        
[rosmake-1] Starting >>> rosemacs [ make ]                                      
[rosmake-1] Finished <<< rosemacs  No Makefile in package rosemacs              
[rosmake-1] Starting >>> rosboost_cfg [ make ]                                  
[rosmake-1] Finished <<< rosboost_cfg  No Makefile in package rosboost_cfg      
[rosmake-1] Starting >>> rosbash [ make ]                                       
[rosmake-1] Finished <<< rosbash  No Makefile in package rosbash                
[rosmake-1] Starting >>> rosbuild [ make ]                                      
[rosmake-1] Finished <<< rosbuild  No Makefile in package rosbuild              
[rosmake-1] Starting >>> roslang [ make ]                                       
[rosmake-1] Finished <<< roslang  No Makefile in package roslang                
[rosmake-1] Starting >>> mk [ make ]                                            
[rosmake-1] Finished <<< mk  No Makefile in package mk                          
[rosmake-1] Starting >>> xmlrpcpp [ make ]                                      
[ rosmake ] All 20 linesoslib: 15.2 sec ] [ xmlrpc... [ 2 Active 7/68 Complete ]
  mkdir -p bin
  cd build && cmake -Wdev -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=`rospack find rosbuild`/rostoolchain.cmake  ..
  [rosbuild] Building package roslib
  [rosbuild] Including /Users/Diamadis/ros/ros_comm/clients/roslisp/cmake/roslisp.cmake
  [rosbuild] Including /Users/Diamadis/ros/ros_comm/clients/rospy/cmake/rospy.cmake
  [rosbuild] Including /Users/Diamadis/ros/ros_comm/clients/cpp/roscpp/cmake/roscpp.cmake
  Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "/Users/Diamadis/ros/ros/bin/rosboost-cfg", line 35, in <module>
    File "/Users/Diamadis/ros/ros/tools/rosboost_cfg/src/rosboost_cfg/", line 328, in main
      raise BoostError("Cannot find boost in any of %s"%search_paths(options.sysroot))
  rosboost_cfg.rosboost_cfg.BoostError: "Cannot find boost in any of [('/usr', True), ('/usr/local', True)]"
  CMake Error at /Users/Diamadis/ros/ros/core/rosbuild/public.cmake:848 (message):
    rosboost-cfg --include_dirs failed
  Call Stack (most recent call first):
    CMakeLists.txt:5 (rosbuild_add_boost_directories)

  -- Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!
[ rosmake ] Output from build of package roslib written to:
[ rosmake ]    /Users/Diamadis/.ros/rosmake/rosmake_output-20110703-002019/roslib/build_output.log
[rosmake-0] Finished <<< roslib [FAIL] [ 15.26 seconds ]                        
[ rosmake ] Halting due to failure in package roslib. 
[ rosmake ] Waiting for other threads to complete.
[rosmake-1] Finished <<< xmlrpcpp [PASS] [ 81.85 seconds ]                      
[ rosmake ] Results:                                                            
[ rosmake ] Built 9 packages with 1 failures.                                   
[ rosmake ] Summary output to directory                                         
[ rosmake ] /Users/Diamadis/.ros/rosmake/rosmake_output-20110703-002019         
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/local/bin/rosinstall", line 5, in <module>
    pkg_resources.run_script('rosinstall==0.5.16', 'rosinstall')
  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/Extras/lib ...
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answered 2011-07-06 03:18:00 -0600

makokal gravatar image

updated 2011-07-06 03:20:58 -0600

It seems it cannot locate you boost installation, which is you installed from macports should be at:


Your install seems to search in /usr/... directories. Can u make sure these environment variables are set

export CPATH=/opt/local/include
export LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/local/lib
export PATH=/opt/local/bin:$PATH

The run the install again after verifying that you have boost installed correctly. For further instructions, please consult this https://

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answered 2012-03-16 17:51:04 -0600

adon gravatar image

This thread is a bit old, but for others - I had a similar issue albeit with homebrew, and this worked for me:

export ROS_BOOST_ROOT=/usr/local/Cellar/boost/1.48.0

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answered 2011-07-02 12:05:13 -0600

dornhege gravatar image

You are missing boost. Do you have boost installed?

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Yes boost is installed. I uninstalled and installed again everything from the beginning and i still have this error. Any other ideas? Thanks in advance!
DiTz gravatar image DiTz  ( 2011-07-03 10:31:07 -0600 )edit

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