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rosinstall hack to use http:// instead of git://

asked 2012-08-05 02:27:48 -0500

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I am currently connected to my institute's network, which is causing git clone to fail. But rosinstall tries to get packages with only git clone git://

Where should i change the default protocol to http:// instead of git://

Also, when i tried changing .rosisntall file for configuring it to use http instead of git, it over wrote the thing.

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answered 2012-08-05 13:59:14 -0500

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updated 2012-08-05 14:00:17 -0500

Download the rosinstall file:


then replace all instances of "git://" with "https://" (http may work also), but do not replace the lines that say "- git".

Then when you go to install, use the local file:

rosinstall --catkin ~/ros-underlay ./fuerte-ros-full.rosinstall

This is how I have to install also

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answered 2012-08-05 22:51:48 -0500

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If the git protocoll/port is blocked in your network (and only then), you could try following this answer:

You could try this command:

git config --global url."http://".insteadOf git://

Which should add to your ~/.gitconfig:

[url "https://"]
   insteadOf = git://

However, this can also get you into trouble if you try to clone from a server that e.g. only offers git:// and https:// (not http://), so this is not a clean solution, but might still be okay for you.

If later you find out this causes more problems than it solves, just remove the added lines from your ~/.gitconfig

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Ah, very nice. I didn't know how to do this without a hack.

PerkinsJames gravatar image PerkinsJames  ( 2012-08-06 07:05:20 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-08-05 12:25:32 -0500

KruseT gravatar image

The .rosinstall file is normally where you would change the url. The rosinstall command only overwrites the file if you call rosinstall with further arguments.

Maybe try using rosws instead:

It could be easier to use.

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answered 2012-08-05 04:37:28 -0500

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rosinstall should use whatever URL you gave it, with whatever scheme.

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