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asked 2013-10-04 02:39:44 -0500

cschou gravatar image

updated 2013-10-04 03:35:44 -0500

Hi All,

I'm trying to rosbuild a library, which will then be included in several other ROS-packages. Right now, I have successfully created the library in "DeviceHandler" package by:

rosbuild_add_library(Advertiser src/Advertiser.cpp)

This library consists of a class (Advertiser.cpp and Advertiser.hpp) I have exported the following flags in the Manifest.xml of "DeviceHandler":

<cpp cflags="-I${prefix} -I${prefix}/include/ -I${prefix}/include/DeviceHandler/ -I${prefix}/msg_gen/cpp/include/DeviceHandler -I${prefix}/srv_gen/cpp/include/DeviceHandler" lflags="-Wl,-rpath,${prefix}/lib -L${prefix}/lib -lAdvertiser"/>

And I have made my new package (let's call it NewPackage) depend on this "DeviceHandler" package - which builds the "".

So far so good, however, when I try to utilise the library ( in the "NewPackage", it simply can't find "Advertiser.hpp" when included inside code.

Inside my main.cpp in "NewPackage" I have:

#include "Advertiser.hpp"

And the compiler fails on this one, with the output:

/home/casper/ros_workspace/MobileManipulator/hardware_reconfig_system/DeviceEmulators/src/GripperEmulator.cpp:26:26: fatal error: Advertiser.hpp: No such file or directory

The DeviceHandler package both builds the library + an executable, but is that the problem?

Also, should I do anything in the CMakeList.txt of "NewPackage" in order to link the library?

I have been searching for a couple of hours for an answer and nothing really seemed to do the trick. Hoping that it is just some detail I'm missing, any help is much appreciated.

Thanks /Casper

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Copy the compile errors that you get in your question and also add the code that doesn't compile.

dornhege gravatar image dornhege  ( 2013-10-04 03:31:27 -0500 )edit

Hi, sure, that should be in there now...

cschou gravatar image cschou  ( 2013-10-04 03:36:15 -0500 )edit

And where is the file in the package?

dornhege gravatar image dornhege  ( 2013-10-04 03:50:10 -0500 )edit

Well, the Advertiser.hpp is not in the "NewPackage". Is is in the shared object "" created by the "DeviceHandler" package. So, the Advertiser.hpp is in /DeviceHandler/src/Advertiser.hpp.. Shouldn't I be able to access the headerfile used in a shared object? I should note, that this library stuff is a bit new to me...

cschou gravatar image cschou  ( 2013-10-04 04:06:55 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-10-04 04:39:41 -0500

dornhege gravatar image

Headers are not in the library at all. You need to provide them to the compiler. You add a bunch of -I include flags in you cpp export, but not one pointing to src, where your header lies. Either add that additional export or follow the standard ros way and move the header file to include/Advertiser in your package.

Your and client code should include that as #include "Advertiser/Advertiser.hpp. You'd probably also be able to remove a lot of the include exports.

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Perfect!. I don't know why I didn't think of that. Sometimes you can really get so focused at a problem that you really miss the obvious. But your answer was spot on, I just moved the header file to the include folder and it works. Thank you for your help.

cschou gravatar image cschou  ( 2013-10-04 09:00:02 -0500 )edit

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