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I can't create a package

asked 2012-04-16 07:16:07 -0500

jcgarciaca gravatar image

updated 2012-04-16 17:33:54 -0500

Kevin gravatar image

I have installed ROS. I did the first two ROS/Tutorials (1. Installing and Configuring Your ROS Environment and 2. Navigating the ROS Filesystem) without problems. However, in the third (Creating a ROS Package) I have problem creating my package.

I do: $ cd ~/ros_workspace $ roscreate-pkg beginner_tutorials std_msgs rospy roscpp

and I get:

Created package directory /home/juliocesar/ros_workspace/beginner_tutorials
Created include directory  /home/juliocesar/ros_workspace/beginner_tutorials/include/beginner_tutorials
Created cpp source directory /home/juliocesar/ros_workspace/beginner_tutorials/src
Created package file /home/juliocesar/ros_workspace/beginner_tutorials/Makefile
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/opt/ros/electric/ros/bin/roscreate-pkg", line 35, in <module>
  File "/opt/ros/electric/ros/tools/roscreate/src/roscreate/", line 126, in roscreatepkg_main
create_package(package, author_name(), depends, uses_roscpp=uses_roscpp, uses_rospy=uses_rospy)
  File "/opt/ros/electric/ros/tools/roscreate/src/roscreate/", line 94, in create_package
UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode character u'\xed' in position 122: ordinal not in range(128)

It isn't like it must be, and the next commands don't work of course.

I don't know how to solve it...


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I'm not very good in Python and rospackage, but can you try to do next?

1) backup "/opt/ros/electric/ros/tools/roscreate/src/roscreate/" :)

2) change code in line 94, in create_package from



CaptainTrunky gravatar image CaptainTrunky  ( 2012-04-16 09:45:15 -0500 )edit

What operating system and Python version are you using? Which ROS distribution?

joq gravatar image joq  ( 2012-04-16 10:40:09 -0500 )edit

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answered 2012-04-22 22:35:28 -0500

Karl Damkjær Hansen gravatar image

I had the same problem. It turns out that I have a special character in my username that is being written to the manifest.xml, which is being created after the Makefile.

My simple solution is to remove that character from my username.

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