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Can't install PCL with Homebrew on OSX 10.9 during ROS Hydro installation

asked 2014-06-14 22:55:07 -0600

jc17 gravatar image

updated 2014-06-16 18:37:11 -0600

Hi everyone! I've been following this tutorial ( and got some great help from you all before. I need a little more help before I can get onto my feet and hopefully start helping others.

I am trying to install ROS Hydro on OSX 10.9 through Homebrew. Following the above linked tutorial, I am stuck trying to run this:

rosdep install --from-paths src --ignore-src --rosdistro hydro -y

And it will fail trying to install PCL. So I try running "brew install pcl" instead. I get:

Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!

make: * * * [cmake_check_build_system] Error 1

...along with a referral to the homebrew troubleshooting page.

Hansg91 suggested trying "brew install pcl -v" for more verbose output. Here's what I saw that I thought might be relevant:

==> make

CMake Error: Parse error in cache file /tmp/vtk5-1lKn/VTK5.10.1/build/CMakeCache.txt. Offending entry: File "", line xxx, in module.

This error was repeated several times with different lines being mentioned and different error reasons mentioned (in module, in get_install_path, TypeError: 'int' object has no attribute 'getitem' - and more).

The final error listed that seemed to sum it all up was that vtk5 5.10.1 did not build - how might I be able to fix this?

I'm dead stuck. I have been following the tutorial to the letter, because otherwise I'd have no idea what I'm doing. Any ideas on how to get past this and continue with the installation? I can always provide more details if necessary. Thank you!

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This is perhaps stating the obvious, but do you have vtk5 installed? What does "brew info vtk5" say?

Hansg91 gravatar image Hansg91  ( 2014-06-17 04:05:58 -0600 )edit

It was installed at the time, but following demmeln's suggestion fixed things up

jc17 gravatar image jc17  ( 2014-06-19 13:03:38 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-06-17 04:39:36 -0600

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In general, it would be good to provide the full verbose output (use a service like and post the link).

With your hint towards vtk5, I just noticed that there were some recent changes with the vtk5 formula, but I'm not sure if that is indeed the problem you are seeing. I would try the following:

brew update
brew tap --repair
brew uninstall vtk5
brew uninstall pcl
brew install pcl --HEAD
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This sequence ended up being the answer. D'oh, I'm a newbie to a lot of things in this universe and had no idea how often things update. Thank you!

jc17 gravatar image jc17  ( 2014-06-19 13:02:14 -0600 )edit

Yes there are many moving targets for installing ROS... glad to help.

demmeln gravatar image demmeln  ( 2014-06-19 17:37:58 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-06-15 06:34:31 -0600

Hansg91 gravatar image

You could try "brew install pcl --HEAD" which I believe copies the latest version from git and tries to compile that. You could also try doing "brew install pcl -v" for a more verbose output, so that it is more clear what is going on.

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Thanks for the suggestions! Adding "--HEAD" on the end gave an identical result. Trying to add "-v" provided a few more clues. I edited my original question to show what errors were given.

jc17 gravatar image jc17  ( 2014-06-16 18:31:02 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-11-19 17:56:41 -0600

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updated 2014-11-19 17:57:01 -0600

On OS X Yosemite, the normal brew install pcl failed as well for me. Adding --HEAD did the trick again.

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