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asked 2015-04-13 09:59:21 -0500

Huy Cong gravatar image

Hi, Let's say I have 2 packages A & B of which package B use some of the package A headers.

I use catkin_make_isolated --install to build my packages. Package A is builded first, then its headers is installed to install_isolated directory using:


The headers is then visible for package B to use and the compilation runs just fine.

The problem is that each time I modified headers file of package A, its source file looks for the headers file in install_isolated directory but not the ones in include/{package A} of source directory. The only solution I have in mind is delete the install_isolated/{package A}/include directory and recompile, but it is very inconvenient, not portable and not standalone runnable.

Is there a way to force source files to look for headers in its source location but not in install space, but using always catkin_make_isolated --install ?

Thanks in advance.

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answered 2015-04-13 12:02:54 -0500

Dirk Thomas gravatar image

I assume after building the first time you have sourced the setup file in the same shell and later try to build a second time from within the same shell?

Please try to use a separate shell for sourcing the setup. Then rebuilding the workspace in the first shell (which has not sourced the setup of that workspace) should work fine.

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