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Boost (signals) library not found

asked 2013-02-05 22:03:43 -0600

Hansg91 gravatar image

updated 2013-02-05 22:09:41 -0600


I am building ROS on Mac OSX from source, and when trying to run rosmake -a I get the following message for a number of packages:

ld: library not found for -l:/usr/local/lib/libboost_signals-mt.dylib

Boost 1.52 is installed and that file does exist, should I install a different version of boost? Or is something else perhaps going on?

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Just a small update, I tried installing boost 1.49, but I get the same error.

Hansg91 gravatar image Hansg91  ( 2013-02-06 08:03:31 -0600 )edit

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answered 2013-02-06 09:01:23 -0600

Hansg91 gravatar image

Alright, I do not know why, but it appears some .pc files in ~/ros_catkin_ws/install_isolated/lib/pkgconfig contained links to libraries in the form of :


While it should have been :


(minus the ':'). I removed all the ':' from these pc files and that fixed it. Perhaps I should open a ticket?

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This should not be a problem, I just rebuilt the desktop variant last night (with the latest XCode and brew packages) and never ran into this problem. What version of OS X and XCode are you using?

WilliamWoodall gravatar image WilliamWoodall  ( 2013-02-08 09:40:31 -0600 )edit

I'm having same issue on OS X 10.7.5 and Xcode 4.6. Replacement of -l: with the following command solves it: find *.pc -print0 | xargs -0 sed -i .bak 's/\-l:/\-l/g'

Boris gravatar image Boris  ( 2013-02-22 00:10:20 -0600 )edit

If you've installed to /opt/ros/groovy, the following command should do the job. cd /opt/ros/groovy/lib/pkgconfig ; find . -name *.pc -print0 | xargs -0 sudo sed -i .bak 's/\-l:/\-l/g'

Noldorin gravatar image Noldorin  ( 2013-02-28 12:57:18 -0600 )edit

Just have had the same problem with Indigo!

Artem gravatar image Artem  ( 2014-10-04 10:32:44 -0600 )edit

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