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catkin overwrites PATH environment variable? [closed]

asked 2013-01-07 20:36:18 -0500

payneio gravatar image

I am following the groovy installation and tutorial.

I source /opt/ros/groovy/setup.bash in my .bashrc.

I then set up catkin workspace and run catkin_make.

The resulting devel/setup.bash, when sourced, eliminates the /opt/ros/groovy/bin reference that was in my PATH environment variable... meaning I can not continue with the tutorial which is about rospack.

Should the catkin workspace be overwriting the PATH environment variable like this? The catkin manual says it should respect already-sourced script like /opt/ros/groovy/setup.bash, but it doesn't seem to be doing that.

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answered 2013-01-08 03:46:02 -0500

payneio gravatar image

Ahhh... I figured out what I was doing wrong. I had initially gone deeper into the documentation (as suggested) here:

The process it explains was causing my failure:

$ mkdir -p ~/catkin_ws/src $ rosws init --catkin ~/catkin_ws/src /opt/ros/groovy $ cd ~/catkin_ws $ catkin_init_workspace $ catkin_make $ source ~/catkin_ws/devel/setup.bash

Even if I ensure /opt/ros/groovy/setup.bash was installed previously.

To get back on track in the tutorial, I deleted the ~/catkin_ws directory, re-sourced /opt/ros/groovy/setup.bash and just did the basic tutorial steps of: $ mkdir -p ~/catkin_ws/src $ cd ~/catkin_ws $ catkin_make $ source devel/setup.bash

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answered 2013-01-08 00:10:37 -0500

KruseT gravatar image

I cannot reproduce your problem. Are you sure that after changing your .bashrc, you started a new terminal? Else the change in the .bashrc did not take effect, which would explain your error.

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