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how to include path to external libraries used by nodes?

asked 2018-11-29 17:02:35 -0500

anirban gravatar image

updated 2018-11-29 20:41:58 -0500


I have created a function in C++11 that uses Armadillo linear algebra library. If I have to comile the code from terminal successfully, I use the following line

g++ -std=c++11 -I/home/myname/armadillo/include mycode.cpp mycode.o -llapack -lblas

Now I want to use the same code as a ROS publisher node. For that I have created a ROS package and copied mycode.cpp file inside the src folder of the package that I have created. Then I add add_compile_options(-std=c++11) to the CMakeLists.txt file. Next I do catkin_make to build ROS workspace with the newly created package. And I receive the following error

error: could not convert ‘{-9.8e-1, 1.4e-1, 3.6e-2, {1.4e-1, 9.8e-1, -6.5e-2}, {-1.1e+0}}’ from ‘<brace-enclosed initializer list>’ to ‘arma::mat {aka arma::Mat<double>}’

I understand the error is because Armadillo library. In my view I need to show the path /home/myname/armadillo/include somewhere inside the CMakeLists.txt file but not sure how to do that. It would be very helpful if somebody help me on the problem?

Thank you in advance.

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answered 2018-11-29 17:57:42 -0500

updated 2018-11-30 01:17:52 -0500

You should add the path directly to the include_directories entry as shown below. this should be just before the executable definitions for the binaries.



I've just had another look at this and I don't think the error is caused by the lack of include files. You should enable c++11 in CMakeLists.txt as shown below, I think the compiler version is still wrong which is causing it to fail at the first c++11 only feature in the code.

# Enable c++11 compiler
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After adding the custom path to the include_directories as you mentioned, I still get the same error during catkin_make. Any idea about how will I link LAPACK and BLAS libraries? While I compile the code from terminal wothput ROS I use -llapack and -lblas.

anirban gravatar image anirban  ( 2018-11-29 20:18:08 -0500 )edit

I've had another look at this error and updated my answer.

PeteBlackerThe3rd gravatar image PeteBlackerThe3rd  ( 2018-11-30 01:21:33 -0500 )edit

Can you try :


target_link_libraries(<your_node> ${BLAS_LIBRARIES} ${LAPACK_LIBRARIES} <other libs>)
tuandl gravatar image tuandl  ( 2018-11-30 05:16:37 -0500 )edit

I tried what @tuandl and @PeteBlackerThe3rd has mentioned but unfortunately same error appears

anirban gravatar image anirban  ( 2018-11-30 17:01:54 -0500 )edit

Do you have:

tuandl gravatar image tuandl  ( 2018-12-01 02:16:03 -0500 )edit

@tuandl I have link_directories specified as you showed. But the same error persists.

anirban gravatar image anirban  ( 2018-12-07 21:53:16 -0500 )edit

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