[ros-users] Updated OpenNI libraries released

Tully Foote tfoote at willowgarage.com
Fri Dec 28 06:44:46 UTC 2012

Hi Everyone,

Today we have released a new version of the OpenNI libraries into the ROS
debian packages.  These new libraries have been noteably more stable in our

In particular you will find that the ROS openni packages now depend on
libopenni-dev and libopenni-sensor-primesense-dev where the packages used
to be openni-dev and nite-dev.

Because these packages are brought in from upstream and are not ABI
compatible this requires a simultaneous release of electric, fuerte, and
groovy packages to keep compatibility.  The new and old packages conflict
with each other and cannot be installed at the same time.  This means that
when you update or install the new drivers it will require you to remove
the old drivers.  This may prompt you to delete packages from another
distro at the same time, to overcome you can ask apt to install/upgrade the
other distros at the same time.

The easiest way to get this update is to do the following:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you have any issues upgrading please ask on answers.ros.org with the tag

Many thanks to everyone who helped test and deploy this including: Jochen,
Radu, Jon, Vincent, and Chad.  It has involved a lot of testing and
required that all packages from Electric Fuerte and Groovy be able to be
synced simultaneously.


PS There were also 3 to 18 patch releases also bundled into this release.
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