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message header doesn't build

asked 2019-04-13 17:54:12 -0600

kitkatme gravatar image

I know this question has been asked a number of times, and I've gone through and followed the instructions on a number of those answers (for example- here and here), as well as in the documentation for building a custom message. Yet still my message header is not building.

This is the error I get:

/home/erinline/Documents/testsim/src/m-explore/explore/src/explore.cpp:39:10: fatal error: msg/util.h: No such file or directory


#include <msg/util.h>
          ^~~~~~~~~~~~
compilation terminated.
m-explore/explore/CMakeFiles/explore.dir/build.make:86: recipe for target 'm-explore/explore/CMakeFiles/explore.dir/src/explore.cpp.o' failed
make[2]: *** [m-explore/explore/CMakeFiles/explore.dir/src/explore.cpp.o] Error 1
CMakeFiles/Makefile2:23711: recipe for target 'm-explore/explore/CMakeFiles/explore.dir/all' failed
make[1]: *** [m-explore/explore/CMakeFiles/explore.dir/all] Error 2
Makefile:140: recipe for target 'all' failed
make: *** [all] Error 2
Invoking "make -j4 -l4" failed

This is my CMakeLists.txt:

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8.3)
project(explore_lite)

## Find catkin macros and libraries
find_package(catkin REQUIRED COMPONENTS
  actionlib
  actionlib_msgs
  costmap_2d
  geometry_msgs
  map_msgs
  move_base_msgs
  nav_msgs
  roscpp
  std_msgs
  tf
  visualization_msgs
  message_generation
)

add_message_files(
  FILES
  util.msg
)

generate_messages(
  DEPENDENCIES
  std_msgs
)

###################################
## catkin specific configuration ##
###################################
catkin_package(
  CATKIN_DEPENDS
    actionlib_msgs
    geometry_msgs
    map_msgs
    move_base_msgs
    nav_msgs
    std_msgs
    visualization_msgs
    message_runtime
)

###########
## Build ##
###########
# c++11 support required
include(CheckCXXCompilerFlag)
check_cxx_compiler_flag("-std=c++11" COMPILER_SUPPORTS_CXX11)
if(COMPILER_SUPPORTS_CXX11)
  set(CMAKE_CXX_FLAGS "${CMAKE_CXX_FLAGS} -std=c++11")
else()
  message(FATAL_ERROR "The compiler ${CMAKE_CXX_COMPILER} has no C++11 support. Please use a different C++ compiler.")
endif()

## Specify additional locations of header files
include_directories(
  ${catkin_INCLUDE_DIRS}
  include
)

add_executable(explore
  src/costmap_client.cpp
  src/explore.cpp
  src/frontier_search.cpp
)
#add_dependencies(explore ${${PROJECT_NAME}_EXPORTED_TARGETS} ${catkin_EXPORTED_TARGETS})

add_dependencies(explore explore_lite_generate_messages_cpp)
target_link_libraries(explore ${catkin_LIBRARIES})

#############
## Install ##
#############

# install nodes
install(TARGETS explore
  ARCHIVE DESTINATION ${CATKIN_PACKAGE_LIB_DESTINATION}
  LIBRARY DESTINATION ${CATKIN_PACKAGE_LIB_DESTINATION}
  RUNTIME DESTINATION ${CATKIN_PACKAGE_BIN_DESTINATION}
)

# install roslaunch files
install(DIRECTORY launch/
  DESTINATION ${CATKIN_PACKAGE_SHARE_DESTINATION}/launch
)

#############
## Testing ##
#############
if(CATKIN_ENABLE_TESTING)
  find_package(roslaunch REQUIRED)

  # test all launch files
  roslaunch_add_file_check(launch)
endif()

My message is called util.msg, it is in a file called msg within the package file called explore. I must be missing something, since those previous answers seem to work for some folks. Any advice on where I am going wrong would be greatly appreciated!

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answered 2019-04-14 00:44:26 -0600

gvdhoorn gravatar image

updated 2019-04-14 00:45:04 -0600

Your CMakeLists.txt shows:

project(explore_lite)

[..]

add_message_files(
  FILES
  util.msg
)

The error output shows:

/home/erinline/Documents/testsim/src/m-explore/explore/src/explore.cpp:39:10: fatal error: msg/util.h: No such file or directory

#include <msg/util.h>

You write:

My message is called util.msg, it is in a file called msg within the package file called explore [..]

There are a few discrepancies here:

  • according to your build script, the package is actually called explore_lite, not explore
  • the compiler output suggests it's in a directory called m-explore (or the package is actually called m-explore)

As to why the include fails: message header #include lines follow the pattern: pkg_that_hosts_the_msg/MsgHeader.h.

In your care this should probably be explore_lite/util.h, not msg/util.h.

Two additional comments:

  1. it might be good to store messages in a separate package (it will make interfacing with your package much easier, as I don't have to build your node in order to use the messages)
  2. try to follow ROS naming guidelines: util as a name does not convey much semantics and message (file)names should start with an uppercase character
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thanks so much!! your suggestion to change the include line to explore_lite/util.h solved the issue. also thanks for the notes on guidelines! will update my files later.

kitkatme gravatar imagekitkatme ( 2019-04-14 08:47:02 -0600 )edit

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