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Installing perception_pcl_unstable in ROS Electric on Ubuntu 11.10

asked 2013-09-10 06:39:04 -0500

schizzz8 gravatar image

updated 2013-09-10 23:20:26 -0500

Hi everybody, I need to install this stack for a university project:, and it is required to install perception_pcl_unstable. I googled it and found this link: but it's no more active so I have really no idea on how to find and install this package. Pcl is already installed in my ROS environment but I guess it's an old version and it lacks some header files, for this reason "rosmake dvo_core" cannot commit. So I'd really appreciate if someone could point me out how to install that library or another version that might work seamlessly! Thanks for the attention!!

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answered 2013-09-10 23:48:00 -0500

The pcl staff is moved from svn to GitHub. You are searching this:

This is really old and I'm sure, the newest pcl version will not work without modifications. If you get any problems, you should take a look in

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Hi Michael, thanks for your reply! I'm quite new to ROS so I'm not familiar with the right procedure to get this software working. If I run: dede@dede-TW9-SW9:~/check$ git clone I get this error: Cloning into electric-unstable-devel... fatal: not found: did you run git update-server-info on the server? I'd be very glad if you could tell me the right steps to install this library. Thanks in advance!

schizzz8 gravatar image schizzz8  ( 2013-09-11 00:02:23 -0500 )edit

use: git clone -b electric-unstable-devel

MichaelKorn gravatar image MichaelKorn  ( 2013-09-11 01:24:12 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-09-11 22:04:33 -0500

schizzz8 gravatar image

updated 2013-09-11 22:53:53 -0500

Thank you very much for your disposability, with that command I downloaded the code then I moved it in the sandbox directory and ran "rosmake perception_pcl". The problem now is this

...fatal error: sensor_msgs/PointField.h: File o directory non esistente...

I have a PointField.h file that is:


but if I include this file instead of the previous one I get other strange errors, I searched also on google but with poor results. So if you don't mind I would ask you some hint on this very noob question :) Thanks!


maybe I'm doing something wrong but the complete error I get is:

In file included from /home/dede/ros_workspace/sandbox/perception_pcl/pcl/build/pcl_trunk/common/include/pcl/ros/register_point_struct.h:55:0,

from /home/dede/ros_workspace/sandbox/perception_pcl/pcl/build/pcl_trunk/common/include/pcl/point_types.h:44,

from /home/dede/ros_workspace/sandbox/perception_pcl/pcl/build/pcl_trunk/common/src/point_types.cpp:37:

/home/dede/ros_workspace/sandbox/perception_pcl/pcl/build/pcl_trunk/common/include/pcl/point_traits.h:48:36: fatal error: sensor_msgs/PointField.h: File o directory non esistente

compilation terminated.

so in point_traits.h I changed #include <sensor_msgs/FieldPoint.h> with

#include "/opt/ros/electric/stacks/common_msgs/sensor_msgs/msg_gen/cpp/include/sensor_msgs/PointField.h"

but with no results, what should I do instead?

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Sorry, I'm no longer using electric or fuerte or rosmake. Maybe you should compare the Makefile with and you should find out why /opt/ros/electric/stacks/common_msgs/sensor_msgs/msg_gen/cpp/include/ isn't use.

MichaelKorn gravatar image MichaelKorn  ( 2013-09-11 22:41:57 -0500 )edit

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