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roslaunch not working during tutorial (rosversion?)

asked 2014-01-01 18:50:28 -0600

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When doing the roslaunch tutorial I was suppose to use this command:

roslaunch beginner_tutorials turtlemimic.launch

I get an error which prevents me from continuing the tutorial and I've set the ROS_PACKAGE_PATH to include the catkin_ws. (also am I suppose to add the path of the catkin or the rospackage). Anyways the error I get is:

WARNING: unable to configure logging. No log files will be generated
Checking log directory for disk usage. This may take awhile.
Press Ctrl-C to interrupt
Done checking log file disk usage. Usage is <1GB.

Invalid <param> tag: Cannot load command parameter [rosversion]: command [rosversion roslaunch] returned with code [1]. 

Param xml is <param command="rosversion roslaunch" name="rosversion"/>

Any help on this would be great as I am trying to learn ROS for the AUV we are making and I can't find anything related to this online.


EDIT: Using ROS Hydro on Ubuntu 12.04

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Can you run `rosversion roslaunch` ? Is this an installation from debs or from source?

ahendrix gravatar image ahendrix  ( 2014-01-02 13:04:53 -0600 )edit

I have the same error when following the tutorial. When I run 'rosversion roslaunch' the version is 1.9.50.

h iman gravatar image h iman  ( 2014-02-25 22:08:46 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-02-25 23:41:24 -0600

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updated 2014-02-26 23:19:44 -0600

@capa_matrix I had the same problem too and it was due to: (1) my workspace was not added to the ROS_PACKAGE_PATH or (2) I had change the variable ROS_PACKAGE_PATH to only ~/catkin_ws or elsewhere

Try this:


if you get


then launch your .launch file

$ roslaunch beginner_tutorials turtlemimic.launch
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You should never need to manually extend your package path for catkin packages. Just make sure to build the workspace and afterwards source the generated setup file.

Dirk Thomas gravatar image Dirk Thomas  ( 2014-02-26 04:33:01 -0600 )edit

Thank you @Dirk Thomas. Does this means that I need to source the setup file in devel folder each time I need to work on a particular package?

h iman gravatar image h iman  ( 2014-02-26 23:17:53 -0600 )edit

Whenever you want to use stuff from a catkin workspace you have to source its setup file since it defines various variables necessary to find packages, plugins, binaries, libraries etc.

Dirk Thomas gravatar image Dirk Thomas  ( 2014-02-27 05:25:48 -0600 )edit

Is there anyway to source the setup file automatically when I run roscore? Or is it not a good practice to do so?

h iman gravatar image h iman  ( 2014-02-27 06:07:07 -0600 )edit

If you haven't source any setup file you won't even be able to run roscore because it will not be on your path.

Dirk Thomas gravatar image Dirk Thomas  ( 2014-02-27 06:24:16 -0600 )edit

You can source whatever setup file you like in your bashrc file. It is personal preference if you would like to do so. Since I have numerous workspace I just source them manually or via an alias.

Dirk Thomas gravatar image Dirk Thomas  ( 2014-02-27 06:25:13 -0600 )edit

I see. Thanks so much Dirk.

h iman gravatar image h iman  ( 2014-02-27 06:53:05 -0600 )edit

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