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rosrun map_server map_server couldn't find executable

asked 2016-09-22 06:38:02 -0600

zinkcious gravatar image

updated 2016-09-24 21:32:51 -0600

I'm following ros-by-example book and in chapter 8, I'm dealing with things in navigation package.

I install the navigation package using 'sudo apt-get install ros-indigo-navigation', it automatically installed "move_base", "map_server", "gmapping" etc packages. After that I can run move_base package using "rosrun move_base move_base" and it shows no error.

But when I input "rosrun map_server map_server", it shows:

[rosrun] Couldn't find executable named map_server below /opt/ros/indigo/share/map_server
[rosrun] Found the following, but they're either not files,
[rosrun] or not executable:
[rosrun]   /opt/ros/indigo/share/map_server

By the way, if I attempt to run it in a launch file as follows

  <!-- Run the map server with a blank map -->
  <node name="map_server" pkg="map_server" type="map_server" args="$(find rbx1_nav)/maps/blank_map.yaml"/>

  <include file="$(find rbx1_nav)/launch/fake_move_base.launch" />

  <!-- Run a static transform between /odom and /map -->
  <node pkg="tf" type="static_transform_publisher" name="odom_map_broadcaster" args="0 0 0 0 0 0 /map /odom 100" />


It shows

ERROR: cannot launch node of type [map_server/map_server]: can't locate node [map_server] in package [map_server]

By the way, I can go to the map_server package directory via "roscd map_server", there are a package.xml file and a cmake folder in the directory.

Can anyone help me ? I'm trying to run the SLAM feature in ROS.

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I assume you meant "sudo apt-get install ros-indigo-navigation"?

sloretz gravatar image sloretz  ( 2016-09-22 10:13:26 -0600 )edit

anyone knows?

zinkcious gravatar image zinkcious  ( 2016-09-24 00:25:09 -0600 )edit

Yes, I mean "sudo apt-get install ros-indigo-navigation", I have corrected it, thanks

zinkcious gravatar image zinkcious  ( 2016-09-24 21:22:25 -0600 )edit

@zinkcious were you able to solve this issue?

eric_cartman gravatar image eric_cartman  ( 2018-06-27 22:20:51 -0600 )edit

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answered 2018-06-09 07:48:21 -0600

tik0 gravatar image

I am currently working under kinetic and can reproduce this behavior very easily as follows:

  • If I source my own catkin environment like source <my_catkin_folder>/devel/setup.bash and then run rosrun map_server map_server it tells me Couldn't find executable named map_server.
  • If I source the origin source /opt/ros/<distro>/setup.bash, everything works like a charm

Investigation: Turned out I was in copy-paste marathon of packages and so I tainted my own workspace with packages which have the same name. This confuses rosrun as follows: If one investigates rosrun at line 52, one will see that it tries to find your desired package via catkin_find. And this command is very fragile when it comes to tainted workspaces. Unfortunately, the creator decided to pipe the error outputs to /dev/null which leaves the user with no clue.

Solution: Just investigate the command by hand and see what goes wrong: catkin_find --without-underlays --libexec --share map_server. In my case it gave me:

Multiple packages found with the same name "calib":
- teleworkbench/calib
- teleworkbench/map_generator

I also made a PR to solve this once and for all

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answered 2016-09-24 04:30:14 -0600

Akif gravatar image

To just to be sure that you have map_server installed, can you run sudo apt-get install ros-indigo-map-server ? (I assume you have indigo distro).

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I have tried this, it tells me that it already has been installed and no need for updates.

zinkcious gravatar image zinkcious  ( 2016-09-24 21:19:06 -0600 )edit

Do you have any other suggestions?

zinkcious gravatar image zinkcious  ( 2016-09-24 21:23:18 -0600 )edit

What is the resulting path when you run roscd map_server ?

Akif gravatar image Akif  ( 2016-09-25 08:15:16 -0600 )edit

/opt/ros/indigo/share/map_server I'm still stuck on this problem..

zinkcious gravatar image zinkcious  ( 2016-09-26 08:39:04 -0600 )edit

Weird. Maybe you had a problem in installation process of ROS. You may try a clean install if applicable.

Akif gravatar image Akif  ( 2016-09-28 07:56:00 -0600 )edit

answered 2020-10-09 23:46:35 -0600

Nagarjun gravatar image

Hi guys, I had the same problem, I solved by:

1) First I uninstall my navigation package 2) I tried installing it using 'sudo apt-get install ros-melodic-navigation'...(I also tried sudo apt-get install ros-melodic-map-server') 3) This install few new packages but those are installed in your root ros directory as software but not in your src as a package. 4) So I installed the navigation package again using: git clone 5) Did catkin_make 6) you will get cmake errors as:

CMake Warning at /opt/ros/kinetic/share/catkin/cmake/catkinConfig.cmake:76 (find_package): Could not find a package configuration file provided by "tf2_sensor_msgs" with any of the following names:


7) Now install the missing msgs as: sudo apt-get install ros-melodic-tf2-sensor-msgs

8) make your map_saver executable by using chmod +x mapsaver (where your file is located).

9) Now run you MapServer command: rosrun map_server map_saver -f map

This will save your map.

I think the error not executable is due to some missing packages... if though we made it executable at first we are unable to run the command.

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