[ros-users] Deb source packages

Rich Mattes richmattes at gmail.com
Tue Jun 26 01:24:54 UTC 2012

On 06/18/2012 05:06 PM, Jack O'Quin wrote:
> Problems with people trying to build PCL from source to run with ROS
> are very common on answers.ros.org.
> Their usual motives are:
>   1) getting a more recent version than shipped with the ROS distro
>   2) needing to fulfill the rosdep dependency on some non-Ubuntu system
> We need a clear, well-documented method to accomplish that task.

I'm working towards solving issue 2, as it was the one we encountered 
trying to create ROS packages for Fedora.  It took us the better part of 
a week to figure out where the source for the Ubuntu debs was coming 
from.  Given that, it made sense to make the PCL downloaded from 
pointclouds.org compatible with ROS, especially since the changes are so 

But either way, there isn't very much documentation on this front; 
perhaps the pcl stack's wiki page could be updated with at least a 
pointer to the pcl-wg repository or pcl rosinstall directions for those 
who want to install from source.


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