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Openni in ROS ARM repository

asked 2013-04-22 02:27:27 -0600

Vladyslav Usenko gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:16:17 -0600

ngrennan gravatar image

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to install ROS on Odrouid-U2 board. I used installation instructions from

I was able to install core system, but some packages as openni_camera are marked as failed to build. There are also no libopenni and libopenni-sensor-primesense packages, which are provided in the ros repository for x86 architectures.

I was able to compile OpenNI and openni_camera from sources with minor modifications, so now I would like to look into why deb building process fails, but I don't know where to start.

Where I can find source code that is used for building these packages? Is there any documentation about how is the packaging process organized?

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answered 2013-04-22 08:35:52 -0600

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I'm running the ARM builds based on my fork of the build tools repository: , and trying to push any fixes I make into the upstream repository where I can.

The OpenNI builds are missing for two reasons: I don't have builds of the driver packages you mentioned, and most of the reports are that the current OpenNI drivers run so poorly on most ARM chips that they're mostly useless, so getting them working hasn't been a priority.

The last build of openni-camera failed on Precise armel because the debs for drivers were missing: ; I suspect my other targets are failing for the same reason.

If you can come up with ARM builds of the libopenni-dev and libopenni-sensor-primesense-dev debs, I'll inject them into my build system and retry the openni-camera builds.

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Looks like openni deb packages are coming from these repos: and , at lease I haven't found any other repositories yet. They are not working out of box on arm, but I will try to patch them a little.

Vladyslav Usenko gravatar image Vladyslav Usenko  ( 2013-04-23 02:37:46 -0600 )edit

Has there been any progress on that?

JBuesch gravatar image JBuesch  ( 2013-08-20 03:15:55 -0600 )edit

I've managed to build the debs, but looks like the first version of openni doesn't work well on ARM. I ended up using OpenNI2. I think you can get CMake port from this repo and use it with catkin.

Vladyslav Usenko gravatar image Vladyslav Usenko  ( 2013-08-20 03:43:26 -0600 )edit

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