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Undefined reference to log4cxx when adding openni_camera dependency to package

asked 2013-04-12 09:16:18 -0500

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updated 2016-10-24 08:35:14 -0500

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Hi, I've been struggling with this for a few hours. I created a package depending on openni, openni_camera and openni_launch.

My problem is: on compilation, i'm getting

Linking CXX executable ../bin/listener
/opt/ros/fuerte/stacks/openni_camera/lib/ error: undefined reference to 'log4cxx::Logger::getLogger(char const*)'
/opt/ros/fuerte/stacks/openni_camera/lib/ error: undefined reference to 'log4cxx::Level::getError()'
/opt/ros/fuerte/stacks/openni_camera/lib/ error: undefined reference to 'log4cxx::Level::getWarn()'
/opt/ros/fuerte/stacks/openni_camera/lib/ error: undefined reference to 'typeinfo for log4cxx::helpers::ObjectPtrBase'
/opt/ros/fuerte/stacks/openni_camera/lib/ error: undefined reference to 'log4cxx::helpers::ObjectPtrBase::~ObjectPtrBase()'
/opt/ros/fuerte/stacks/openni_camera/lib/ error: undefined reference to 'log4cxx::Level::getFatal()'

I thought it was whining about the fact that I didn't link the log4cxx library on compilation. So I added this in CMakeLists.txt

rosbuild_add_library(${PROJECT_NAME} /usr/lib/

but it didn't change much. Then I tried the answer from another question (which I'm not allowed to mention giving my baby karma) suggesting to use target_link_libraries() but I couldn't use it successfully.

Any ideas? NB: I'm running fuerte on ubuntu 12.04. Thanks for your help

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answered 2013-08-26 06:55:38 -0500

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updated 2013-08-26 06:58:25 -0500

Hey, I don't know if this is still useful, but I just solved a similar problem. In any case, I'll leave my solution here.

What I did was to add the following line to the begginning of my CMakeLists.txt.


What this does is link every executable to the log4cxx library.

Keep in mind that link_libraries() is deprecated, so if this problem only occurs with one executable, it is preferred to use target_link_libraries(). I did not use this because the errors occurred in every executable, so link_libraries() was an easier solution.

If this does not solve your problem, don't hesitate in asking me for help, I'll try my best to help you solve the problem.

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