[ros-users] Install ROS on linux

William Woodall william at osrfoundation.org
Tue Jan 21 19:13:15 UTC 2014

Please do not post questions like this here, many people subscribe to this
list and we want to keep the email volume down. I will find and answer your
answers.ros.org question. Again:


On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM, Roberto Nunnari
<roberto.nunnari at supsi.ch>wrote:

> Dear William,
> thank you for your answer.
> maybe I get it wrong.. but your answer is not what I'm asking for.
> I already have been to answers.ros.org and already got no useful answer
> to my question.
> Maybe I should rephrase, because it seams that nobody understands my
> question.
> The page you sent the link to me... Already the first command is apt-get..
> to get the tool needed to build from sources..
> apt-get install python-rosdep python-rosinstall-generator python-wstool
> python-rosinstall build-essential
> so that you can start with 'rosedep init'..
> But where do I get those tools without using the ubuntu repositories and
> apt? I also tried the yum package manager (following the relative doc on
> ros.org website) but it fails to find the repositories.
> Why nobody replies my question by writing here the vcs or tarball url to
> the source? Or put it on a web page, so that people don't have to ask? Why
> do I have to use the ubuntu repositories? This is the first opensource
> project I see that is so strongly tied to canonical's ubuntu.
> I have written I'm on centos, I don't have and don't want to use apt, yum,
> rpm, or whatever package manager tool.. I just want to download the source
> using git, svn, ftp, scp, wget, or any other tool for transferring data
> from the network.
> I don't want to sound rude.. I'm grateful for this wonderful project to be
> freely available to everybody.. but I find that the url to the sources
> should be well published and visible.. together with a generic linux build
> and install guide.. usually it's just a matter of downloading a tarball,
> extract it, cd into it and type 'make install'.. at times you may need to
> do it the hard way.. you have to type './configure --prefix=/blahblah ;
> make ; make install' I understand this is python.. it is an interpreted
> language and it may be different.. but usually it's enough to type 'python
> setup.py' (or something similar).. and that's it.
> At the end I found the sources by going to google and typing ros github..
> and there I found at the very top 'rosdistro', witch I believe and hope is
> what I need.. do you believe that's normal? Why I could not find on
> ros.org this link: https://github.com/ros/rosdistro.git
> I'm sure I still have to fight my way to understand what to do with it,
> now that I could grab the sources (maybe wrong sources? :-D )
> Sorry.. I'm just very tired.. it's late and now I'll go home.
> Best regards.
> Robi
> William Woodall wrote:
>> Instructions on getting the source code and building it are located here:
>> http://wiki.ros.org/hydro/Installation/Source
>> In the future please ask questions like this on the Q&A site,
>> answers.ros.org <http://answers.ros.org>. See:
>> http://wiki.ros.org/Support
>> Thanks,
>> On Jan 21, 2014, at 9:42 AM, Roberto Nunnari <roberto.nunnari at supsi.ch<mailto:
>> roberto.nunnari at supsi.ch>> wrote:
>>  Hello.
>>> I'd like to install ROS on our department HPC cluster. The cluster OS is
>>> CentOS 6.4.
>>> $ uname -rms
>>> Linux 2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64 x86_64
>>> $ cat /etc/redhat-release
>>> CentOS release 6.4 (Final)
>>> Could anybody please tell me
>>> 1) where to get the sources (git or tarballs)
>>> 2) what tarballs (source or binaries) to download for a minimal install
>>> 3) the build/install procedure (at least the big picture)
>>> Thank you and best regards.
>>> Robi
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William Woodall
ROS Development Team
william at osrfoundation.org
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