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Problems compiling nodes using pcl in Ubuntu 11.10

asked 2012-01-30 14:54:01 -0500

Kyle Strabala gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:11:13 -0500

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There seems to be an issue with compiling ROS nodes that use pcl on Ubuntu 11.10. When I try to compile my node on 10.04 I don't have any problems. Both installations were installed from the debian packages ros-electric-desktop-full and ros-electric-perception-pcl-addons.

  1. Ubuntu 10.04, 32-bit, ROS Electric: Works
  2. Ubuntu 11.10, 32-bit, ROS Electric: Doesn't compile

My node is pretty simple, mainly just visualizing a static point cloud that I create.

In the second case, I get the following compiler error during linking.

Linking CXX executable ../bin/publish_primitives
/usr/bin/ld: CMakeFiles/publish_primitives.dir/src/publish_primitives.o: undefined reference to symbol 'vtkSmartPointerBase::operator=(vtkObjectBase*)'
/usr/bin/ld: note: 'vtkSmartPointerBase::operator=(vtkObjectBase*)' is defined in DSO /usr/lib/ so try adding it to the linker command line
/usr/lib/ could not read symbols: Invalid operation
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

I manually added the required libraries in CMakeLists.txt (below) and it fixes the compiler problem.

rosbuild_add_executable(publish_primitives src/publish_primitives.cpp)
target_link_libraries(publish_primitives )

Messing with the compiler flags for pcl is beyond me, so I'll leave it to the higher ups to figure out what is going on.

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answered 2012-06-09 11:20:41 -0500

tfoote gravatar image

It looks like there was a change in linker behavior. thread with links

Fedora documentation of the change

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answered 2012-01-31 02:30:40 -0500

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updated 2012-01-31 02:31:16 -0500

After upgrading either ROS or Ubuntu from an earlier distribution, you should clean your working trees and rebuild them. Three different ways to do that:

  • rosmake --pre-clean
  • make clean in every package
  • check out new copies and build everything from scratch
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Unfortunately, my 11.10 system was built from scratch. Also, I had three other 11.10 users try it on their systems with the same results.
Kyle Strabala gravatar image Kyle Strabala  ( 2012-02-01 00:28:15 -0500 )edit
What does that mean? Can't you rebuild your working copies?
joq gravatar image joq  ( 2012-02-01 02:13:57 -0500 )edit
I meant that I am using a fresh install of everything (Ubuntu 11.10, ROS Electric from deb packages). I have tried cleaning and re-building without success.
Kyle Strabala gravatar image Kyle Strabala  ( 2012-02-07 12:36:45 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-06-22 10:39:50 -0500

Saphrosit gravatar image

I don't know if this can help you but I had almost the identical problem and I solved adding ${PCL_LIBRARIES} in target_link_libraries, like

target_link_libraries(publish_primitives ${PCL_LIBRARIES} )
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The `PCL_LIBRARIES` link should not be necessary if you are in ROS and you correctly specified the dependencies in your package manifest (as described in the ROS PCL tutorials: ).

Neil Traft gravatar image Neil Traft  ( 2014-07-31 19:25:10 -0500 )edit

Furthermore, if you want to include all VTK libraries, you can use `find_package(VTK REQUIRED)` and `target_link_libraries(example ${VTK_LIBRARIES})`.

Neil Traft gravatar image Neil Traft  ( 2014-07-31 19:26:40 -0500 )edit

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