Deploy ROS binary to systems without ROS installed?

asked 2019-11-21 09:41:51 -0500

Mayu gravatar image

I have a little working publisher node that I compile with catkin_simple and I need to make a deployable package that runs in other systems without ros installed.

Right now my CMakeLists.txt looks like this:

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.13.4)
project (test)
find_package(catkin_simple REQUIRED)

Everything works fine on my machine, a install folder gets created and I have my binary there, run it, and everything works fine. However, when I move it to another machine without ROS installed, it doesn't work, it tries to search for the core ROS libraries in /opt/ros/kinetic/lib/ (That's also the path where I have ROS installed in my development machine) and it obviously can't find them.

Is there any way to create a compiled package with all the necessary dependencies to be able to run it even if the system doesn't have ROS installed?

Thank you all in advance

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Quick suggestion: look into containers (Docker, Singularity) or technologies like snap, flatpack or appimage.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2019-11-21 09:46:14 -0500 )edit

It is the name ROS, so it is more like a wohle system not just a Programm.

Because then you have to name it ROP :-) But @gvdhoorn has the right answer for your problem

duck-development gravatar image duck-development  ( 2019-11-21 10:43:08 -0500 )edit