[ros-users] PR2 development on a MAC

Ken Conley kwc at willowgarage.com
Fri Sep 10 21:00:44 UTC 2010

Hi Patrick,

I believe Deepak was referring to installing ROS libraries unrelated
to the PR2.

As mentioned in the previous e-mail exchanges, you should use an
Ubuntu setup to use the PR2. It is highly unlikely that you will get a
proper set of PR2 libraries working on OS X. A Virtual Box setup will
work if you are not doing visualizations or using the gazebo
simulator. The best setup would be a dual-boot.

 - Ken

On Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 1:43 PM, Patrick Doyle <wpdster at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am interested in using a Macintosh (running 10.6.4) as a development
> platform for PR2 projects.  Right now, I don't know what I don't know.
> I followed the instructions given on the Wiki
> (http://www.ros.org/wiki/cturtle/Installation/OSX) for installing the
> software on a Mac.  While the software seemed to install fine (once I
> created a case-sensitive disk image in which to install the code), the
> tutorial falls apart at the "rosdep install turtle_teleop" step due to
> a lack of Bluetooth and other libraries.  (I described this here:
> https://code.ros.org/discuss/ros-users/browse_frm/thread/2061/8495).
> I found a thread
> (https://code.ros.org/discuss/ros-users/browse_frm/thread/2086/8604)
> where the poster (Deepak) claimed that CTurtle was successfully
> installed on MAC OS 10.6, but he unable to get Ogre working.
> As I said, right now I don't know what I don't know.  And I would like
> to rectify that.  I don't really know how much of what I don't know is
> related to ROS, CTurtle, Ogre, Gazebo, or MAC OS incompatibilities in
> general.
> So I'll ask the questions... please feel free to point me at
> documentation I should have already read...
> What is involved in running a PR2 simulation development environment on a MAC?
> It seems to me that I would need to follow the MAC OS instructions
> given on the Wiki and use rosinstall.  Is that the same as saying "I
> have installed CTurtle"  or did Deepak mean something else when he
> said that?
> I see in the Wiki several components require OGRE and I see
> instructions for installing that.  I also see Deepak's post saying
> that he tried that and ran into problems.  If I want to do PR2
> development, do I need to install OGRE?
> If we were to assume that (for some reason) I had better luck than
> Deepak, what else would I need to install?  I think I saw something
> about installing NVIDIA Cg from the nvidia site.  What else would be
> required?
> I just noticed a comment on the OS X page that "At the time of
> writing, gazebo does not built on OS X, for reasons unrelated to
> OGRE".  Is that still true?  Am I doomed to failure if I get to this
> point?
> That's probably enough for now.  Thanks for reading this far.
> --wpd
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