[ros-users] Installation problems on Fedora

Steven Bellens steven.bellens at mech.kuleuven.be
Thu May 12 14:05:23 UTC 2011

> I think not all of required ruby tools is installed on your system...
> Which ruby version
> do you have ( ruby --version)  and which version of 'gem' ( gem --version ) ?
> It should work in the end since I know at least one Orocos/ROS user running
> everything on Fedora.

I guess that would be me :).
I'm running ROS and OROCOS happily on a Fedora machine. Currently
Fedora 14, but I started with Fedora 11 - which (together with all
subsequent releases) also worked. I always use the 64-bit version,
BTW. Indeed, as you already mention, the Fedora support is not as good
as the Ubuntu support but you should definitely get it working. A few
remarks in general about the major differences (I see you bumped into
these already)

* no prebuild ros / orocos packages - compilation from source is necessary
** I'm currently running ROS diamondback which I installed using the
ROS fedora installation instructions (you found those I see). Be
prepared to not have all ros dependencies resolved automatically (I
filed some patches to update the dependencies when I installed
diamondback, but most certainly those did not cover all missing
packages) - If you see some dependency is not resolved for your
platform, add it to the corresponding rosdep.yaml file and upload a
patch :)
** orocos packages aren't available either. I'm running orocos using
the orocos_toolchain_ros git repository, available at

Some more information about the use of the toolchain stack here:
* don't forget to source the env.sh script after compilation
* the rubygem (hoe) package  I have installed:
rubygem-hoe: 2.9.4
* keep in mind that you only need to worry about these in case you are
using orogen. OCL and RTT will work fine without.

* As you already discovered, omniORB is not prepackaged in the Fedora
repos. I downloaded it and compiled it from source.

* I remember having some issues with bullet as well, which I
eventually was able to solve, but I'm not sure what it was about
exactly anymore.

anyway, let us know if you still have installation problems!

Best regards,


> Peter
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