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Best way to install from a stand-alone network

asked 2012-02-08 11:27:54 -0500

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I've been having issues installing electric on systems that are deployed to a network that does not have any internet access. I've had limited success using rosinstall on a system that does have internet access to checkout the full install, installing rosinstall on the machines behind the network and then coming up with a custom rosinstall file pointing to both the ros and stacks directories.

However this build does not always work. Just wondering if there's an easy way that given I have all the source code, how do I build the ros core system manually? I managed to get the environment variables setup and build rospack, but couldn't proceed from there.

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Which Linux distribution are you using?
ahendrix gravatar image ahendrix  ( 2012-02-08 13:51:43 -0500 )edit

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answered 2012-03-15 12:59:46 -0500

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If you're on Ubuntu and you only need released packages you can pull all the debian packages needed onto a single CD and install them using apt-cdrom. Or if you can transport a computer between the internal and external networks you can setup an apt-mirror as @Mac suggests.

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answered 2012-03-14 06:58:37 -0500

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Even once you've installed the source, some of the builds pull more code (mongodb, for example, downloads some stuff during the make); that will tend to get in your way.

One idea: download and build everything you need on a machine with internet access (say, to ~/ros), and then just copy it over to the other machines. Because you built first, all the internet-access-requiring things will be sorted out.

The more-general solution involves an apt mirror, if you're on Ubuntu.

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