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How to install thirdparty library to a filesystem prefix

asked 2013-01-16 05:06:28 -0600

AdrianPeng gravatar image

updated 2013-01-16 05:06:53 -0600


I want to use a python library provided by Gumstix Robovero in ROS.

I looked through the Using ThirdPartyLibraries and I guess I may need to Wrapping External Library. In Wrapping External Library, It says "for ROS Fuerte(and Groovy I guess), the best practice is to no longer wrap thirdparty libraries and instead install to a filesystem prefix using catkin". I am using Groovy right now, but I am not very familiar with catkin and actually I don't understand filesystem prefix. For Wrapping External Library, I know the basic idea is to create a ROS package that compiles the third-party library code and makes it available using rosbuild's dependency system. But in Groovy, how can I install thirdparty libraries to a filesystem prefix?

Thanks in advance!

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answered 2013-01-16 07:02:01 -0600

tfoote gravatar image

The recommended solution is to use bloom

There's a tutorial at the bottom for releasing "non-catkin" libraries.

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answered 2013-01-16 05:28:35 -0600

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Install to filesystem prefix basically means: Install independent from ROS/as you normally would.

The idea is to just use the library in your ROS packages as you would in any other program instead of making it into a ROS package first, i.e. use the library as a library and don't ROSify it. It is OK to make a ROS interface package that wraps the library function calls in ROS messages/services linking to the library.

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Thanks for your reply. Is there a tutorial about how to install to filesystem prefix?

AdrianPeng gravatar image AdrianPeng  ( 2013-01-16 06:06:09 -0600 )edit

That would depend on your external library... the library itself would have to have support for and directions for installing to a user-selected prefix.

Eric Perko gravatar image Eric Perko  ( 2013-01-16 06:13:09 -0600 )edit

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