[ros-users] Announcing catkin_lint tool

Martin Günther martin.guenther1980 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 12 12:34:24 UTC 2014

On Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:25:12 +0100
Timo Röhling <timo.roehling at fkie.fraunhofer.de> wrote:

> Hello ROS users,
> I have created a tool to check catkin packages for common build
> configuration errors. I announced it to the ROS Buildsystem SIG a
> while ago, and I think it is ready for public scrutiny:
> Source: https://github.com/fkie/catkin_lint
> PyPI Package: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/catkin_lint
> Ubuntu PPA: https://launchpad.net/~roehling/+archive/latest
> It runs a static analysis with a simplified CMake parser. Among the
> checks are order constraints of macros, missing dependencies, missing
> files, installation of targets and headers, and a few other things.
> The checks are inspired by the catkin manual and issues I encountered
> in my daily work routine.
> Give it a try and feel free to post any issues on Github.
> Timo

Hi Timo,

thanks a million, this tool is perfect! I just went ahead and fixed all
errors/warnings it found in my catkin packages (and there were quite a

One nice addition would be to have a wiki page somewhere that explained
in more detail what each error/warning means, and what the usual ways
to fix them are.


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