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How to fix a corrupted (boilerplate) toplevel.cmake file?

asked 2016-02-20 04:17:23 -0600

jsanch2s gravatar image

updated 2016-02-20 05:18:23 -0600

I accidentally replaced my CMakeLists.txt file in my catkin_ws/src directory and then ran catkin_make. This replaced the toplevel.cmake located in this directory /opt/ros/indigo/share/catkin/cmake. Resulting in the following error:

CMake Error: File /home/user/projects/catkin_ws/src/package.xml does not exist.
CMake Error at /opt/ros/indigo/share/catkin/cmake/stamp.cmake:10 (configure_file):
  configure_file Problem configuring file
Call Stack (most recent call first):
  /opt/ros/indigo/share/catkin/cmake/catkin_package_xml.cmake:61 (stamp)  
  /opt/ros/indigo/share/catkin/cmake/catkin_package_xml.cmake:39 (_catkin_package_xml)  
  /opt/ros/indigo/share/catkin/cmake/catkin_package.cmake:95 (catkin_package_xml)  
  CMakeLists.txt:37 (catkin_package)

CMake Error at /opt/ros/indigo/share/catkin/cmake/catkin_package.cmake:112 (message):
  catkin_package() 'catkin' must be listed as a buildtool dependency in the
Call Stack (most recent call first):  
  /opt/ros/indigo/share/catkin/cmake/catkin_package.cmake:98 (_catkin_package)
  CMakeLists.txt:37 (catkin_package)

This is the same question asked here, however I'm not able to follow the answer given. I tried of replacing the toplevel.cmake located in the directory the /opt/ros/indigo/share/catkin/cmake, however I couldn't find the original one (or how to generate it again).

To be more specific, I would like to know what the best way to proceed is (should I reinstall ROS or is there a better solution?).

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gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2016-02-20 04:50:00 -0600 )edit

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answered 2016-02-20 04:47:45 -0600

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updated 2016-02-20 04:50:39 -0600

First try to unlink / rm the src/CMakeLists.txt in your workspace.

Then try building your workspace again (just run catkin_make in /home/user/projects/catkin_ws). That should work, provided you did not actually edit the file in /opt/ros/indigo/.. (that would have required sudo, so you should know / remember that).

If you did change toplevel.cmake itself, then you can just re-install the ros-$DISTRO-catkin package using apt-get:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall ros-indigo-catkin

for Indigo.

That should replace the edited file with the original version. Building your workspace should now work again.

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Thank you very much! That worked perfectly!

jsanch2s gravatar image jsanch2s  ( 2016-02-20 05:13:21 -0600 )edit

Good to hear you got it fixed. Can you tell us which of the two possible fixes worked for you?

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2016-02-20 07:35:24 -0600 )edit

I had to do the re-install of catkin (i.e. sudo apt-get install --reinstall ros-indigo-catkin), since the toplevel.cmake file in the /opt directory was indeed the wrong one.

jsanch2s gravatar image jsanch2s  ( 2016-02-20 08:21:23 -0600 )edit

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