[ros-users] catkin_make convenience improvements

Thibault Kruse kruset at in.tum.de
Sat Feb 2 13:06:17 UTC 2013

Hi Tommy,

a useful first place for such questions is answers.ros.org. If you could 
ask them there, I'll be happy to respond (so that others can easily find 
the answers as well). If an answer indicates a lack of documentation, 
anyone (like you), can edit the wiki then with a description.


On 02.02.2013 01:58, Tommy Persson wrote:
> On 02/01/2013 10:10 AM, William Woodall wrote:
>> Well its on us that you are having trouble finding documentation and
>> information about catkin (but we are working on that).
> Just mentioning some things I have had a hard time finding information 
> about.
> 1. How do I build just one package using catkin_make? I now that I can 
> cd to the build directory and build there but that is inconvenient. 
> And how do I build one package and its dependencies?
> 2. How do I mark a package to not be included in the catkin_make build?
> 3. How are people supposed to be checking out code into work spaces? 
> If I need to make different set of packages available to different 
> people how do I do that?
> 4. Putting Python script information (according to some webpag) in 
> setup.py will install it in devel and the script will be available in 
> the path (and included python modules will be found) after just make. 
> But C++-binaries have to be run with rosrun. So what is the intended 
> work flow here? Was it wrong of me to install the Python scrips in 
> devel? But if I did not do that I could not find the module files that 
> was included.
> ---------------
> But overall I really like catkin and the new build system. It is much 
> faster and since I already knew CMake it is less of non-standard 
> functionality which is very good.
> /Tommy Persson
> Linköping University
> Sweden
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