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Migrating from Electric to Fuerte

asked 2012-11-09 12:45:02 -0600

alfa_80 gravatar image

I would like to migrate from Electric to Fuerte. Is it a good practise to keep the previous electric stacks? In my opinion if Fuerte provides backward compatibility, then i can just ignore electric. Or, if I install fuerte then, ros will manage by itself(assuming I'm too optimist in this case).

Any good link to assist this migration(related commands etc)

Thanks in advance.

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answered 2012-11-10 04:44:05 -0600

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Here is the main Fuerte migration page.

In your tags you mention Ubuntu 12.04, Precise. Electric is not supported on that distribution. If you need both, use Ubuntu 10.10, Oneiric, instead.

ROS distributions are packaged so they can coexist on a single system. I find it helpful to keep both the old and new version when upgrading.

  • Make sure each shell only sources the setup for a single version.
  • Always cleanly recompile all source overlays for the target version. I find it simplest to check out separate copies.
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@joq: Thanks a lot . That helps a lot.

alfa_80 gravatar image alfa_80  ( 2012-11-10 05:15:29 -0600 )edit

@joq: Could you point me to any thread/discussion mentioning about installing from "source vs prebuilt". I know the existance of this link "" but there are people saying that it's better to install the one that requiring building from source.

alfa_80 gravatar image alfa_80  ( 2012-11-10 08:17:54 -0600 )edit

What say you?

alfa_80 gravatar image alfa_80  ( 2012-11-10 08:18:25 -0600 )edit

I can't think of any advantage to building from source. That seems to be significantly more difficult with Fuerte.

joq gravatar image joq  ( 2012-11-10 08:23:59 -0600 )edit

Great answer. Thanks.

alfa_80 gravatar image alfa_80  ( 2012-11-10 08:27:58 -0600 )edit

@joq ...... another chapter of joqian wisdom ! :-) ...... all in good spirit ! :-)

Arkapravo gravatar image Arkapravo  ( 2012-11-10 16:05:50 -0600 )edit

Indeed! couldn't agree more.

alfa_80 gravatar image alfa_80  ( 2012-11-10 17:27:13 -0600 )edit

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