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Creating private deb packages for distribution

asked 2011-09-26 03:27:02 -0500

Chad Rockey gravatar image

updated 2011-09-26 12:51:33 -0500

I'd like to take my existing ROS packages and release different versions that can be installed and updated on a platform without a checkout of the source code repository (so no rosmake).

The current solution is copying over the compiled binaries manually and setting the LD_LIBRARY_PATH to include all of the lib directories.

Is there a script or tool that will generate a binary-only deb package that I can distribute? Rosdeb looks close, but there isn't a lot of documentation on how to run it by hand. Or alternatively, what's the best solution to move over the binaries without having to manually set the LD_LIBRARY_PATH?


Edit: Unfortunately, this is all proprietary work, so I can't just piggyback onto the Willow servers. ;)

My ideal quick solution would be something like:

roscd my_secret_package

rosmake --make-binary-deb my_secret_package.deb -tag 0.1-2-3

scp my_secret_package.deb foo@bar:/some/path

And later, if possible, I would find a way to make a quick apt-get repo, but I'm primarily interested in being able to make quick binary releases by hand.

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answered 2011-09-26 04:25:49 -0500

kwc gravatar image

To get a proper answer to this, you probably want to join the Fuerte Infrastructure SIG: http://www.ros.org/wiki/fuerte/Planning/Infrastructure . The code is there, but the SIG will deal with the issues of external users using it.

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answered 2011-09-26 12:21:33 -0500

joq gravatar image

I addition to Ken's suggestion, you may want to release your stacks via the standard ROS release process. That creates .deb files on the Willow Garage servers. They can be installed as binaries on any Ubuntu system you need.

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