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Can we install ros Hydro on Ubuntu 13.10

asked 2013-10-16 12:47:44 -0500

mowahed gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:18:15 -0500

ngrennan gravatar image


I am using ROS hydro and Gazebo in my research, and I want to install the newest version of Ubuntu 13.10. Do you think I might have any serious incompatibilty issues?

Thanks in advance!!

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answered 2013-10-17 01:41:16 -0500

If you don't have very good reasons to use 13.10, I'd recommend using something between 12.04 and 13.04. It's much nicer not to have to install everything from source.

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answered 2013-10-16 12:54:18 -0500

Dirk Thomas gravatar image

There are no official Debian packages for Ubuntu Saucy (13.10) (see

But you should be able to compile everything from source fairly easy. Eventually some system package names have changes and you need to figure them out manually or provide updated mapping for saucy back to the rosdep database (see in order for rosdep install to work properly.

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Can't find any documentation on how to override the resdep database files, can you shed some light on how to do so? Thanks!

mentar gravatar image mentar  ( 2013-11-06 08:18:52 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-04-09 09:33:14 -0500

PedroGusmao gravatar image

Worry no more! Where there is a hack... there is a way! Now, I have just installed Ubuntu 13.10 to later find out that it is not supported by Hydro... Sad but true...

Anyway, the thing is that the meta-package ros-hydro-desktop-full installs also gazebo, which is a simulator that requires libogre-dev to be installed. libogre-dev on the other hand needs libboost1.49 but everyone else has already already moved on to libboost1.53...

So what do we do? Simple... We compile libogre-dev and make it look like it is native package installed! This means that you have to: 1) Install libboost1.53-all-dev ( I install it all, so dependency won't be a problem) 2) Download libogre-dev source code from 3) Cmake the project and generate the Makefile 4) Use 'sudo checkinstall' ( ) to generate and install your libogre-dev package. BUT REMEMBER TO CHANGE THE FOLLOWING: Name of the Package: libogre-dev Version: 1.7.4+dfsg1-7 This way you are tricking ubuntu's package management system into thinking you have the original package. OBS: At this point, you have installed a libogre-dev that has been compiled with libboost1.53. I don't guarantee that gazebo will run perfectly or that it will work at all...

5) Proceed with ROS for Raring as described here:

See ya

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