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CMake error while executing catkin_make on Ubuntu 14.04 with ROS Jade

asked 2015-08-08 08:59:08 -0600

tejas gravatar image

updated 2015-11-03 18:14:12 -0600

I am new to ROS and just getting it installed and configured using the method here:

I am a beginner and have minimal knowledge of these things, so it would be helpful if someone could present a simplified solution that would solve my problem.
I can run everything correctly till I encounter the command catkin_make which produces the following error:

Base path: /home/tejas/catkin_ws
Source space:
/home/tejas/catkin_ws/src Build space:
/home/tejas/catkin_ws/build Devel
space: /home/tejas/catkin_ws/devel
Install space:
#### Running command: "cmake /home/tejas/catkin_ws/src
-G Unix Makefiles" in "/home/tejas/catkin_ws/build"
-- Using CATKIN_DEVEL_PREFIX: /home/tejas/catkin_ws/devel
-- Using CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH: /opt/ros/jade
-- This workspace overlays: /opt/ros/jade
-- Using PYTHON_EXECUTABLE: /home/tejas/anaconda/bin/python
-- Using Debian Python package layout
-- Using empy: /usr/bin/empy
-- Call enable_testing()
-- Using CATKIN_TEST_RESULTS_DIR: /home/tejas/catkin_ws/build/test_results
-- Found gtest sources under '/usr/src/gtest': gtests will be built
-- Using Python nosetests: /usr/bin/nosetests-2.7 Traceback (most
recent call last):   File
line 98, in <module>
    main()   File "/opt/ros/jade/share/catkin/cmake/",
line 90, in main
    package = parse_package(args.package_xml)   File
line 317, in parse_package
    return parse_package_string(,
filename)   File
line 450, in parse_package_string
    raise InvalidPackage('Error(s) in %s:%s' % (filename, ''.join(['\n- %s'
% e for e in errors])))
Invalid package manifest
Error(s) in
- The manifest must not contain the following tags: depend,
buildtool_export_depend CMake Error at
returned error code 1 Call Stack (most
recent call first):  
(include)   CMakeLists.txt:52

-- Configuring incomplete, errors occurred! See also
"/home/tejas/catkin_ws/build/CMakeFiles/CMakeOutput.log". See also

Invoking "cmake" failed
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answered 2015-08-10 04:23:30 -0600

tejas gravatar image

Failing to find a solution, I decided to switch to my default python interpreter from the anaconda version I was using. That solved the problem.

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Obviously, that would solve your problem, but it doesn't answer your question.

OzzieTheHead gravatar image OzzieTheHead  ( 2018-02-21 13:29:22 -0600 )edit

Should not be marked as correct answer

OzzieTheHead gravatar image OzzieTheHead  ( 2021-08-03 12:36:07 -0600 )edit

answered 2016-09-19 12:10:27 -0600

OzzieTheHead gravatar image

updated 2016-09-26 09:02:16 -0600

Following this guide and adapting it to Ubuntu, I was able to solve the same problem. Prepare ROS libraries and anaconda environment for raspberry-pi

conda versions of ros and catkin's packages are very old. remove them and install them with pip.


pip install -U rosdep rosinstall_generator wstool rosinstall six vcstools

if you get an error during this, install setuptools using

conda install setuptools

If rosdep update fails, reinstall catking_pkg with pip.

Referring to this might also help, but instead of deleting the folder as it says, I reinstalled catkin_pkg: problem-with-catkin_make

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answered 2015-08-08 13:49:01 -0600

Dirk Thomas gravatar image

It looked like you have an outdated version of catkin_pkg installed in /home/tejas/anaconda/lib/python2.7/site-packages/catkin_pkg. You should remove that and use the up-to-date Debian package python-catkin-pkg instead.

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I removed the catkin_pkg from anaconda and installed python-catkin-pkg. I still get an error saying ImportError: "from catkin_pkg.package import parse_package" failed: No module named catkin_pkg.package" There is only catkin_pkg available for conda it seems. Could you help please.

tejas gravatar image tejas  ( 2015-08-08 23:37:23 -0600 )edit

answered 2015-11-03 13:07:51 -0600

updated 2015-11-03 13:55:01 -0600

I faced this some time back after installing Conda. tl;dr: Do pip install catkin_pkg.
Chances are you also want to do pip install rospkg as you'll get ImportError: No module named 'rospkg' using launch files as well.

Maybe appending /opt/ros/indigo/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ to $PYTHONPATH is a better solution (if that's not already there, then it's a different problem). Not tested though.

You can read about the details in the following answers.



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You should not use pip to install dependencies on Ubuntu! Use the Debian packages available.

Dirk Thomas gravatar image Dirk Thomas  ( 2015-11-03 13:24:10 -0600 )edit

The debians dependencies are already installed. I'm guessing this is happening _specifically_ due to Conda, which is changing the directory from where to find things. pip install catkin_pkg rospkg works for the two errors above. Do you recommend a better way to do the same?

ratneshmadaan gravatar image ratneshmadaan  ( 2015-11-03 13:43:37 -0600 )edit

And why should one not use pip? It seems to work here. I admit I didn't really bother with finding the exact cause - some path conflict due to Conda - and an easier fix.

ratneshmadaan gravatar image ratneshmadaan  ( 2015-11-03 13:44:49 -0600 )edit

Yeah I guess one needs to append this back again to $PYTHONPATH /opt/ros/indigo/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/. Conda seems to have removed it from the path.

ratneshmadaan gravatar image ratneshmadaan  ( 2015-11-03 13:51:42 -0600 )edit

PIP packages overlay their Debian equivalent but don't get updated update when other packages require a newer version.

Dirk Thomas gravatar image Dirk Thomas  ( 2015-11-03 13:59:16 -0600 )edit

Most of catkin depend on packages of python scripts such as rospkg, caktin_pkg and that is why rosdep update is there.

OzzieTheHead gravatar image OzzieTheHead  ( 2016-09-22 08:58:38 -0600 )edit

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