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How to buildΒΆ

Install the bootstrap dependencies (cmake, pip package manager, rosinstall, rospkg):

  1. Install CMake

  2. Install ROS bootstrap tools:

    % sudo easy_install -U pip
    % sudo pip install -U rospkg rosinstall rosdep

Pick a temp directory:

% cd /tmp

Get the rosinstall file:

% wget

Rosinstall it. You don’t want it built, use -n, like this:

% rosinstall -n src test.rosinstall

[lots of output ending in...]

rosinstall update complete.

Now, type 'source /tmp/src/setup.bash' to set up your environment.
Add that to the bottom of your ~/.bashrc to set it up every time.

If you are not using bash please see

Don’t use the setup.bash/sh file that rosinstall generates. Catkin will generate one for you later.

There will be lots of output. Currently you need a toplevel CMakeLists.txt, make a symlink to catkin/cmake/toplevel.cmake:

% cd src
% ln -s catkin/cmake/toplevel.cmake CMakeLists.txt
% ls
catkin/          common_msgs/  genmsg/        genpybindings/  ros_comm/     setup.bash  setup.zsh
CMakeLists.txt@  gencpp/       genpy/         ros/            roscpp_core/    std_msgs/

Now do the typical cmake thing:

% mkdir build
% cd build
% cmake ..
-- The C compiler identification is GNU
-- The CXX compiler identification is GNU


-- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
-- ~~        traversing stacks/projects in topological order        ~~
-- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


-- Configuring done
-- Generating done
-- Build files have been written to: /tmp/src/build

And make:

% make
Scanning dependencies of target cpp_common
[  0%] Building CXX object roscpp_core/cpp_common/CMakeFiles/cpp_common.dir/src/debug.cpp.o
Linking CXX shared library ../../lib/


[ 96%] Generating Python for nav_msgs
[ 97%] Built target nav_msgs_genpy
Scanning dependencies of target nav_msgs_genpybindings
[100%] Built target nav_msgs_genpybindings