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what is the best way to install ros on ubuntu 12.10

asked 2012-11-15 03:28:38 -0500

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Hi I tried installing ros on ubuntu 12.10 but the normal method doesn't work (i tried desktop and desktop-full). Has anyone installed ros on ubuntu 12.10. I saw some questions but i'm new to ubuntu and linux so those answers were a bit advanced for me.

Also when will groovy be released ? I thought it was nov 15. Should I just try installing the groovy barebones/stack instead ?


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answered 2012-11-15 04:47:35 -0500

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EDIT: official repositories out (compiled for ubuntu 12.10 and 64 bits only as of 19 nov): You can follow the installation instructions here:

Old answer:

Actually, ROS is already ready for Ubuntu 12.10 via apt-get install. You just need to use the following repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb quantal main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros-latest.list'

and then do

sudo apt-get update

and install ros and your favourite stacks with

sudo apt-get install ros-groovy-STACKNAME

Hope this helps, remember to switch back to the main repository in some days when the official version is ready. The repository I gave your is not the main one.

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This will install groovy which is not even beta at the moment and it is still changing a lot. I really would not suggest to use it yet.

Lorenz gravatar image Lorenz  ( 2012-11-15 04:51:02 -0500 )edit

It has been tested in my robotics lab and works perfectly as of today. Moreover, release date is today, I hardly doubt that it will change a lot.

Victor_ocv2 gravatar image Victor_ocv2  ( 2012-11-15 04:53:33 -0500 )edit

The ROS developers are close to releasing the first beta release but I would not expect a final release before December. At the moment, 32 bit packages for 12.10 are not even built. Related post on ros-users.

Lorenz gravatar image Lorenz  ( 2012-11-15 06:01:04 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-11-15 04:30:18 -0500

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Groovy is not really ready for use yet. In particular when you are new to ROS, you will run into many problems. The only way to get ROS on 12.10 is compiling it from source at the moment which is also not completely trivial since you might run into different compile problems caused by newer library versions in Ubuntu.

The easiest solution is probably to install Ubuntu 12.04.

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