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How do I build a ROS package?

asked 2011-02-14 09:47:04 -0500

mmwise gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:09:06 -0500

ngrennan gravatar image

I am getting errors when I type make.

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answered 2011-02-15 07:00:43 -0500

mwise gravatar image

Use rosmake. It first builds all the package's dependencies, then builds the package itself.

E.g., to build the rviz package:

rosmake rviz

You can do this from anywhere. Alternatively, you can go to the package directory, then run rosmake with no arguments:

roscd rviz
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answered 2011-02-15 11:58:01 -0500

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Packages have two kinds of dependencies: system dependencies, and other ROS packages.

For the system dependencies, you may need to run (for example):

rosdep install rviz

For the ROS package dependencies, run:

rosmake rviz

After you know the dependencies are up to date, then it's OK to run make in the package directory. That is faster during active package development.

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answered 2011-02-16 12:37:51 -0500

makokal gravatar image

Also for package dependencies, especially those downloaded packages, its is useful to run

rosmake <package_name> --rosdep-install

Which then tries the much it can to fix dependencies based on the rosdep.yaml files

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