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Rosinstall to install a download pack, something trivial?

asked 2013-05-09 09:30:48 -0500

Gazer gravatar image

Hi all.

I am a newbie here, and I have followed up all the beginner and intermediate level tutorials from ROS webpage.

I still don't understand how to use "rosinstall" command to install a third party package downloaded from website say GitHub (in particular this one:

Here are the steps I took: I ran rosinstall pwd/segway_rmpX.rosinstall But it gave me:

"ERROR in rosinstall: No 'ros' stack detected in candidates []. Please add the location of a ros distribution to this command."

Anyhow, the purpose of this post is not only to seek solution to my problems encountered above, but more important, could somebody give me a simple guidance I should follow on installing a 3rd party package?

I know this seems to be a trivial question, but I am very confused about installation process. On the website, some even said you don't need to run rosinstall to install a package.

Thank you for your time! CheerS!

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answered 2013-05-09 11:32:22 -0500

joq gravatar image

Here is the rosinstall documentation.

Rosinstall provides a niced rosws command that is convenient for rosbuild workspaces.

For catkin workspaces, wstool provides similar commands (install it from python-wstool). See REP-0133.

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use rosinstall.

Gazer gravatar image Gazer  ( 2013-05-16 13:43:41 -0500 )edit

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