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Unable to locate package ros-kinetic-desktop-full

asked 2017-12-29 02:14:19 -0600

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updated 2017-12-29 06:49:44 -0600

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I recently changed my mac osx into ubuntu purely for the sake of installing ROS. I updated my ubuntu system to the latest ubuntu bionic beaver version(allegedly called 18.04 LTS). I started to install ROS Kinetic Kame by following the instruction provided by the official ROS website. When I typed in

sudo apt-get install ros-kinetic-desktop-full

I received

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package ros-kinetic-desktop-full

I would like to know the reason. Was it because of the latest version of ubuntu ?

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answered 2017-12-29 06:51:19 -0600

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updated 2017-12-29 06:52:01 -0600

I would like to know the reason. Was it because of the latest version of ubuntu ?

Yes. Kinetic is only supported on Ubuntu 15.10 and 16.04, see REP-3 - Platforms by Distribution: Kinetic Kame (May 2016 - May 2021).

I updated my ubuntu system to the latest ubuntu bionic beaver version(allegedly called 18.04 LTS).

There is currently no official support for any ROS version on Bionic Beaver.

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answered 2018-01-01 08:28:47 -0600

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updated 2018-01-01 08:29:14 -0600

There is apparently no offical version for Bionic yet, which makes sense at is not even in a beta stage yet. However it seems that some version of ROS is now directly available from the official Ubuntu repo. You can install for instance sudo apt-get install ros-desktop-full (without version string indigo/kinetic in the package name)

$ apt-cache madison ros-desktop-full
ros-desktop-full |  1.8 | http://de.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe amd64 Packages
ros-desktop-full |  1.8 | http://de.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic/universe i386 Packages

If someone has more information about the rationale and further plans for that integration and its implications on the deployment of the different ROS releases I would be thankful.

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There are some packages in upstream Debian, and thus by extension in Ubuntu. You could use those, but please be aware of the consequences: wiki/UpstreamPackages.

gvdhoorn gravatar imagegvdhoorn ( 2018-01-01 09:43:49 -0600 )edit

Thanks for the pointer. Doesn't sound too convincing to me and looks a bit experimental. Do you have further experience with this distribution?

SR gravatar imageSR ( 2018-01-01 13:09:22 -0600 )edit
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No, I don't. I applaud the effort of getting ROS packaged for a mainstream distribution like this, but seeing as ROS is always very much in development (even the core) I'm not convinced the LTS characteristics of a typical Debian distro/release are compatible with the way ROS works.

gvdhoorn gravatar imagegvdhoorn ( 2018-01-02 01:47:05 -0600 )edit

Thx, agreed.

SR gravatar imageSR ( 2018-01-02 02:23:28 -0600 )edit

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