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How to use single line installation for Kinetic

asked 2018-04-10 09:40:11 -0500

Frank Lee gravatar image

At , I'm told that I'm able to install ROS by using this command


curl | bash -s cws_oroca kinetic

My question is, what does %NAME_CATKIN_WS% mean? I can guess that %NAME_ROS_DISTRO_LOWERCASE% is substituted with the ros version I wish to download (e.g. Kinetic), but what about %NAME_CATKIN_WS%? Is it the name of the directory I want to use to store my work? (e.g. ~/catkin_ws)

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answered 2018-04-10 16:45:26 -0500

stevejp gravatar image

updated 2018-04-10 16:47:43 -0500

For context, the single install is running a shell script which essentially mimics the steps in this tutorial for installing & configuring ROS (it isn't exactly the same, but close enough).

To answer your question: Yes, the single install script is just going to create a folder named %NAME_CATKIN_WS%, initialize it as a catkin workspace, run catkin_make, and source it for your ROS environment. This folder / workspace is where you'll create and build your own ros packages (or where you could build existing packages from source). The catkin tutorials are definitely worth going through to get a conceptual understanding of the role of the catkin_ws in development.

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