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beginner's questoin: How to Compile ROS PKG?

asked 2013-05-23 04:06:08 -0500

Gazer gravatar image

updated 2013-05-23 04:07:58 -0500

Hi all

I have followed all the beginner's tutorial from ROS webpage. I still have trouble understanding the precise procedure of compiling a pkg, obtained from a website. In my particular interest is :, after download it. I did:

1.Rosmake [package_name] 2.Roscd to [package_name] 3.make

Are these the correct steps in compiling packages like this? why Makefile is missing from the top level of the package?

Thank you

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answered 2013-05-23 05:04:28 -0500

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There are two build systems in ROS: rosbuild - the original one and catkin- the newer one. The package you are referring to uses catkin.

Instructions for compiling catkin packages can also be found in the tutorials. There should be a button at the top in the tutorials where you can switch between rosbuild and catkin.

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ok. I see. I was told to use rosbuild, not catkin. Thank you, I now go and explore the catkin version. But as for the rosbuild version, do you agree with the steps I took?

Gazer gravatar image Gazer  ( 2013-05-23 05:06:23 -0500 )edit

rosmake package_name is sufficient. You can also still use rosbuild with your own code and depend on the catkin packages. Just for building a catkin package catkin is required.

dornhege gravatar image dornhege  ( 2013-05-24 05:41:46 -0500 )edit

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