[ros-users] Submitting ROS software to Debian?

Jochen Sprickerhof ros-users at jochen.sprickerhof.de
Wed May 15 07:11:19 UTC 2013

Hi Thomas,

* Thomas Moulard <thomas.moulard at gmail.com> [2013-05-13 16:13]:
> In practice, I am trying to figure out currently whether the
> stand-alone projects
> (PCL, Ecto and Gazebo) could be included into Debian in an official way.
> A bit of polishing is still needed to achieve this (man page redaction,
> multiarch support, etc.) but I think this is definitively within reach.

Looking good. I was still waiting for the integration of OpenNI into
Debian (my patches are on Github [1], if you want to look into that)
before pushing for PCL.

> The main issue being that as long as ROS is not available officially,
> it will not be possible to compile the ROS bindings for these packages
> and include
> them in the official repositories.

The PCL developers met last week and we discussed how to disentangle PCL
and ROS completely. Most probably we will move the ROS conversion
functions into an own package. This would allow us to convert PCL into a
system dependency for ROS. Stephen Miller is working on patches for

[1] https://github.com/jspricke/openni-sensor-primesense/tree/upstream/
    ( is stable, has some bugs)

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