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How to run ROS metapackage

asked 2017-05-08 06:31:57 -0500

I want to built a metapackage (say "robot") which will contain all packages for the robot. Can metapackage directory contain the package files? Moreover can I refer metapackage in rosrun e.g. rosrun metapackage node.

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answered 2017-05-08 11:31:53 -0500

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Can metapackage directory contain the package files?

No. Metapackages should be empty. See #q256493 for a discussion of what metapackages are used for.

Moreover can I refer metapackage in rosrun e.g. rosrun metapackage node.

No. Metapackages do not contain any executable artefacts, so you cannot use them with rosrun.

See REP-140 - Package Manifest Format Two Specification - Data Representation - <metapackage/> (also referenced in #q256493) for the normative text that defines what metapackages are, what their structure/layout/contents is and why they are used.

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