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How to link a nodelet to external libraries?

asked 2011-09-23 14:57:13 -0500

updated 2011-09-26 15:33:19 -0500

I'm trying to use a nodelet with an external library. But when running the nodelet, it obviously complaints that it can't find some symbol which is in this external library.

I can link the regular node the library without problems. However, when I use the nodelet version, it complains. I'm certain that I'm not linking the nodelet to the library. I don't know how to.

If you know how to link a nodelet to an external library, please share your know-how-to.

The proposed SOLUTION in CMakeLists.txt relevant piece looks like the following:

set(MVIMPACT_LIBRARIES   mvDeviceManager)

# Nodelet:  
rosbuild_add_library(mv_bluefox_driver_nodelet src/nodelets.cpp src/camera.cpp) 
# Linking the nodelet to the mvDeviceManager library
target_link_libraries(mv_bluefox_driver_nodelet ${MVIMPACT_LIBRARIES})  

# Regular Node:
rosbuild_add_executable(camera_node src/camera_node.cpp src/camera.cpp)
target_link_libraries(camera_node ${MVIMPACT_LIBRARIES})
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Please show snippets of your CMakeLists.txt for both the node and the nodelet versions. That should help diagnose your problem.
joq gravatar image joq  ( 2011-09-24 03:12:36 -0500 )edit
Compile time problem or runtime problem?
Daniel Stonier gravatar image Daniel Stonier  ( 2011-09-24 03:28:51 -0500 )edit
Runtime problem with the error pointing at some function (DMR_Init) from the external library as: symbol lookup error: /DIR_TO_MY_PACKAGE/mv_bluefox_driver/lib/ undefined symbol: DMR_Init
ubuntuslave gravatar image ubuntuslave  ( 2011-09-25 07:58:23 -0500 )edit

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answered 2011-09-26 00:49:49 -0500

target_link_libraries(mv_bluefox_driver_nodelet ${MVIMPACT_LIBRARIES})

The nodelet is basically a library with some programming voodoo that tells the nodelet manager which class to instantiate.

The target_link_libraries command links libraries against the binary that you name in its first argument. You already did it for the camera_node executable, and it works the same way for the mv_bluefox_driver_nodelet library.

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Thanks, this was the solution.
ubuntuslave gravatar image ubuntuslave  ( 2011-09-26 15:27:41 -0500 )edit

Does this work with statically linked 3rd party libraries? Like, libs of which I only have a .a and a .hpp? If not, what else can I do to achieve that linkage?

Hendrik Wiese gravatar image Hendrik Wiese  ( 2018-01-15 07:28:02 -0500 )edit

It will probably work for x86_64, but not for i386, because static 32 bit libraries are usually not compiled with -fPIC for position independent code.

roehling gravatar image roehling  ( 2018-05-04 10:45:39 -0500 )edit

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