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Can't run packages with latest distribution?

asked 2014-08-27 12:35:26 -0500

Metalzero2 gravatar image

I have now the Indigo ROS distribution, latest one until the time of writing (with Ubuntu 14.04). When I go in a package (on the ROS wiki) I can only use it with the distributions that it has under it's name (with the blue buttons) or is that only the documentation? For example if in a package it says only Groovy and Hydro, can I use it in Indigo?

If I can't do that, I remember reading that I can have multiple distributions in my computer (at least if I use the catkin file system). So I can have "groovy" and "indigo" ?

Can I also create a package using packages from different distributions? If yes, how do I do it using the catkin method?

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answered 2014-08-27 13:54:32 -0500

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The distributions listed on the wiki are only for documentation. Packages may also work on other distributions, but a lack of documentation indicates that they probably haven't been tested.

The changes between Indigo and Hydro are fairly small, so most packages that worked in Hydro should work in Indigo.

Indigo is still fairly new, so it's quite likely that the package maintainer simply hasn't had time or resources to test their package on Indigo yet. If you do find a package that works on Indigo but isn't documented yet, it might be nice to let the maintainer know so that they can update the documentation.

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