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Packaging error trying to run ROS tests from Tox

asked 2018-03-08 15:27:32 -0600

Cerin gravatar image

When I run tox to run Python tests in my ROS package, I'm getting the error:

ERROR: invocation failed (exit code 1), logfile: ros_qr_tracker/.tox/log/tox-0.log
ERROR: actionid: tox
msg: packaging
cmdargs: ['/usr/bin/python3', local('ros_qr_tracker/'), 'sdist', '--formats=zip', '--dist-dir', local('ros_qr_tracker/.tox/dist')]
env: None

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "", line 5, in <module>
    from catkin_pkg.python_setup import generate_distutils_setup
ImportError: No module named 'catkin_pkg'

ERROR: FAIL could not package project - v = InvocationError('/usr/bin/python3 ros_qr_tracker/ sdist --formats=zip --dist-dir ros_qr_tracker/.tox/dist (see ros_qr_tracker/.tox/log/tox-0.log)', 1)

My package is for Python 2.7. Why is it trying to run with Python3?

My looks like:

#!/usr/bin/env python
import os

from distutils.core import setup
from catkin_pkg.python_setup import generate_distutils_setup

CURRENT_DIR = os.path.abspath(os.path.dirname(__file__))

def get_reqs(*fns):
    lst = []
    for fn in fns:
        for package in open(os.path.join(CURRENT_DIR, fn)).readlines():
            package = package.strip()
            if not package:
    return lst

d = generate_distutils_setup(
    package_dir={'': 'src'},


and my tox.ini looks like:

envlist = py{27}
recreate = True

basepython =
    py27: python2.7
deps =
commands = nosetests -vv

As some other answers have pointed out, I've ensured catkin-pkg is installed by running sudo apt-get install python-catkin-pkg and dpkg -L python-catkin-pkg confirms the package was installed into Python2.7's site-packages, so the issue here seems to be that catkin-pkg is using the wrong version of Python. Why is this?

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so the issue here seems to be that catkin-pkg is using the wrong version of Python

catkin_pkg is a Python module, so a passive artefact. It cannot "use" a version of Python.

I would check to make sure that tox is using / targetting the right Python version.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2018-03-09 07:43:43 -0600 )edit

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answered 2018-03-09 13:09:43 -0600

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The problem was that I was using the version of tox in Ubuntu's standard repo package, which is a bit old. I uninstalled this and re-installed the latest from PyPI, and it correctly ran using Python2.7 instead of Python3.

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