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Catkin_make is unable to find package present in source folder [closed]

asked 2019-07-13 04:47:02 -0500

BV_Pradeep gravatar image

Hi All,

I am trying to work on Hector SLAM as per the instructions at the link.

I have ROS Kinetic installed in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

I was able to clone the repository using the following code

cd catkin_workspace/src
git clone

Once the repository is cloned I tried to compile the package

cd catkin_workspace
catkin_make --only-pkg-with-deps Rplidar_Hector_SLAM

The result is

 Base path: /home/rnd415/catkin_workspace
 Source space: /home/rnd415/catkin_workspace/src
 Build space: /home/rnd415/catkin_workspace/build
 Devel space: /home/rnd415/catkin_workspace/devel
 Install space: /home/rnd415/catkin_workspace/install
 Packages "RPLidar_Hector_SLAM" not found in the workspace

I don't know why ros is unable to find the package I tried to sourcing the environment using

source /catkin_workspace/devel/setup.bash

but it does not change the error. How to resolve this error ?

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answered 2019-07-13 08:15:23 -0500

gvdhoorn gravatar image

updated 2019-07-13 08:28:02 -0500

The name of the directory != of the package(s).

The repository is called RPLidar_Hector_SLAM, so git will clone it into a directory RPLidar_Hector_SLAM.

However, the repository contains two sub directories (which happen to contain packages with the same name):

  • hector_slam
  • rplidar_ros

those are the packages.

--only-pkg-with-deps only accepts names of packages, not of directories.

Note btw that both hector_slam as well as rplidar_ros are standalone packages that are normally hosted somewhere else. The NickL77/RPLidar_Hector_SLAM repository places them together, but does not track upstream. And it contains a snapshot of both packages of already 2.5 years old.

You may want to make sure you are not missing important bug fixes.

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I was able to clone the repositories from the master links.

for Hector SLAM : for RPlIdar :

BV_Pradeep gravatar image BV_Pradeep  ( 2019-07-13 23:33:27 -0500 )edit

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