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"website may be down" error when i try sudo rosdep init

asked 2020-03-01 15:31:51 -0500

mmcd2523 gravatar image

updated 2020-03-02 02:17:43 -0500

gvdhoorn gravatar image

I used pip to install rosinstall on my mac (sudo pip install -U rosinstall).

This worked but every time I try to initiate it, the website doesn't connect. I tried disabling my firewall--still didn't work. When I go to the website at, it doesn't seem to be down. I have macOS Catalina and my software is up to date.

Does anyone know how to get around this error?

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Without seeing a verbatim copy-paste of the command and the error message, we cannot help you.

Additionally: the question title mentions rosdep, but the question text only states you've installed "rosinstall". Which of the two is it?

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2020-03-02 02:18:01 -0500 )edit

Did you try again some time later?

The website does occasionally go down for a couple hours here and there.

stevemacenski gravatar image stevemacenski  ( 2020-03-02 11:24:42 -0500 )edit

Yes, I did try again, and on multiple days

mmcd2523 gravatar image mmcd2523  ( 2020-03-02 20:20:41 -0500 )edit

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answered 2020-03-02 22:40:38 -0500

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The most common reason for this failure is that your ssl negotiations are failing. This can be caused by a lack of certificates on your system or your clock is out of tolerance for the ssl negotiations.

There's a lot of other questions related to this:

A few I found quickly are: and Please try to look in to some of these other threads and edit your question with the outputs of the debugging that you do.

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@tfoote Thank you very much for your answer. I also run into this error and setting the correct time solved it for me. Here is a good overview of methods how you can set your time

mab0189 gravatar image mab0189  ( 2021-03-08 10:12:28 -0500 )edit

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