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catkin_package(CATKIN_DEPENDS ...) vs. find_package(catkin REQUIRED COMPONENTS ...)

asked 2017-05-03 16:45:18 -0600

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Let's say I have a package A that depends on sensor_msgs. I have to add sensor_msgs to both

find_package(catkin REQUIRED COMPONENTS sensor_msgs)

catkin_package(CATKIN_DEPENDS sensor_msgs)

What is the difference between the two? What purpose do each of them solve? For instance, I noticed that message_generation has to be in the find_package call while the message_runtime has to be in catkin_package call. Why are they not in both?

Thank you.

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answered 2017-05-03 20:00:28 -0600

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find_package() finds dependencies for this package.

catkin_package(CATKIN_DEPENDS) declares dependencies for packages that depend on this package.

For example: message_generation is needed by this package to build messages, while message_runtime is needed by dependent packages to use the already generated messages.

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