[ros-users] documentation: how to build source packages based on Fuerte Ubuntu binary install

Daniel Stonier d.stonier at gmail.com
Sun May 6 22:56:44 UTC 2012

On 7 May 2012 05:45, Jack O'Quin <jack.oquin at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am seeing lots of questions and confusion about how to build
> packages from source based on Fuerte Ubuntu binaries.
> The binary install page tells how to set things up to run packages
> that are distributed as Debian binaries:
>  http://www.ros.org/wiki/fuerte/Installation/Ubuntu
> Even the source install page, mainly tells how to build and install
> some ROS core components.
> Many people need to do more than that. After installing the binaries,
> they want to build some other packages from source. While section 1.6
> gives some hints of what to do next, it does not provide a complete
> list of commands that will definitely work, if followed.
> People need to know how to make overlays and build from them. Several
> techniques that worked before no longer do. The common trick of
> copying one's previous setup scripts and .rosinstall files,
> substituting "fuerte" for "electric" definitely does *not* work.
> If I knew exactly what to say, I would update the page, myself. It
> works for me, but clearly not for everyone.
> I am posting here to get some discussion and ideas. Perhaps each
> install page should end with a link to some common page containing
> example rosws commands.
> --
>  joq

I agree. Perhaps a page with Fuerte Build Environment tips?

One addition that would be useful would be a sample .rosinstall file
illustrating how to connect your source stacks to the binary .deb installs.
I only picked that one up by downloading the standard ros-desktop-full
rosinstaller. e.g.

- setup-file:
    local-name: /opt/ros/fuerte/setup.sh

- other:
    local-name: /opt/ros/fuerte/share/ros

- other:
    local-name: /opt/ros/fuerte/share

- other:
    local-name: /opt/ros/fuerte/stacks

- git:
    uri: git at git.yujin.com:cslam.git
    version: master
    local-name: cslam
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