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Can I install dual ROS version on the same machine?

asked 2016-09-08 07:33:36 -0600

fereydoon gravatar image

I currently have ROS jade running on Ubuntu 15.04. Now ROS Indigo has been released?

Can I install Indigo alongside of jade and run both as needed?

Thank you.

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I think you mean Kinetic. From older to newer: Indigo --> Jade --> Kinetic

spmaniato gravatar imagespmaniato ( 2016-09-08 09:54:41 -0600 )edit

thanks for your answer to me but I really want to use best distr of ROS
indeed now I installed jade and my friends say to me I should install indigo Actually I am totally confused if you cam help me

fereydoon gravatar imagefereydoon ( 2016-09-08 13:29:22 -0600 )edit

If possible, I would go with Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) + ROS Indigo. If not, Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) + ROS Kinetic. I would avoid 15.04 + Jade as they are not long-term supported (LTS) distributions.

spmaniato gravatar imagespmaniato ( 2016-09-08 13:42:46 -0600 )edit

thanks a lot for your answer to me

fereydoon gravatar imagefereydoon ( 2016-09-09 12:55:54 -0600 )edit

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answered 2016-09-08 08:29:44 -0600

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updated 2016-09-08 08:30:28 -0600

According to REP-3, Indigo is not being build for 15.04:

Indigo Igloo (May 2014)

  • Ubuntu Saucy (13.10)
  • Ubuntu Trusty (14.04 LTS)

(from here).

Can I install Indigo alongside of jade and run both as needed?

That would be possible, but not on Ubuntu 15.04, only one 14.04 (and Gazebo could be a problem).

On 15.04 you might be able to build everything from source, but that can be involved.

PS: Indigo is 'older' than Jade.

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thanks for your answer to me

I know Indigo is 'older' than Jade. but i think distr jade of ROS not good for me because i'm elementary in ROS and don't have information about which one of distr is good with my research about this because some package not supported with jade.

fereydoon gravatar imagefereydoon ( 2016-09-08 13:19:12 -0600 )edit

Then I would suggest downgrading your Ubuntu installation to 14.04 (Ubuntu Trusty), and then installing Indigo.

gvdhoorn gravatar imagegvdhoorn ( 2016-09-08 13:53:03 -0600 )edit

answered 2016-09-08 22:48:43 -0600

As per my knowledge, installing two versions of ROS on a single machine causes problem. What most of the people do is, they have two Virtual Machines for example in my case, I have two operating system in my Virtual Machines. One is Ubuntu 14.04 with ROS-Indigo and the other one is Ubuntu 16.04 with ROS-Kinetic. That's the best and avoid any possible conflict.

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I'm sorry you've had that experience, but it's perfectly possible to have multiple ROS versions on a single Linux installation. In fact, on Ubuntu Precise, I've had 3 versions of ROS: fuerte, groovy and hydro. Only in special cases (Gazebo pkgs) do Indigo and Jade collide.

gvdhoorn gravatar imagegvdhoorn ( 2016-09-09 00:33:12 -0600 )edit

thanks a lot for your answer to me gvdhoorn and Dr Abdul Mannan

fereydoon gravatar imagefereydoon ( 2016-09-09 12:58:21 -0600 )edit

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