Issues installing ROS on Ubuntu and Mint [closed]

asked 2013-02-06 04:19:01 -0500

jspahn gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:15:07 -0500

ngrennan gravatar image

There seems to be a fundamental constraint when attempting to install ROS Groovy. The install depends on Boost >= 1.49 and there does not appear to be a .deb available for any version of Boost > 1.48 in any of the repositories. Downloading, building, and installing Boost separately does no good because the apt-get DB will not resolve the dependency and ros-groovy-rospack will not install at all. Of course, this pretty much removes any option other than attempting to do a generic source installation and that will also eventually fail for exactly the same reason when running rosdep. I have tried to install ROS on both Ubuntu LTS as well as Mint 13 with no success, although I did get quite a bit further on Mint with the generic source install. Bottom line: if any system depends on the apt-get DB in order to install and those packages are not available in the normal repositories, then it is a very short trip. ROS may benefit from using the standard platform-independent configure scripts that have worked just fine now for decades.

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Closed for the following reason Question does not follow our guidelines for questions. Please see: for more details. by tfoote
close date 2013-04-11 14:47:56


apt-get install should work fine for ROS on ubuntu. If you want some help, please start posting the exact errors you get and your sources.list entries.

dornhege gravatar image dornhege  ( 2013-02-06 05:05:27 -0500 )edit

I do not need help. The dependencies are what they are and whether or not it should work is not important. It does not work. The dependency on Boost >= 1.49 simply cannot be circumvented unless you know of a apt-get repository that distributes it.

jspahn gravatar image jspahn  ( 2013-02-07 03:15:10 -0500 )edit

If you don't need help, you are at the wrong place. This is for getting help. With "should work" I meant that it is supposed to work, I just can't verify it as I'm on Oneiric. apt-get for Precise + groovy does work in principle.

dornhege gravatar image dornhege  ( 2013-02-07 04:03:54 -0500 )edit

@jspahn Please be polite and follow the support guidelines. FYI: Ubuntu Precise 12.04 is our default development platform and ROS does not require boost 1.49. In future questions please provide enough information to reproduce your problems.

tfoote gravatar image tfoote  ( 2013-04-11 14:47:43 -0500 )edit