[ros-users] [Discourse.ros.org] [Next Generation ROS] Exploring package dependencies

Dirk Thomas ros.discourse at gmail.com
Mon Jul 9 16:49:55 UTC 2018

The new build tool `colcon` which has been introduced with ROS 2 Bouncy does provide a way to output:
* a list of dependencies for a package (`colcon info <pkgname>`)
* the topological ordered list of packages using "ASCII art" (`colcon list -g`)
* a dot graph to visualize the dependency hierarchy (`colcon list --topological-graph-dot | dot -Tpng -o deps.png`)

For the last two you can narrow the set of shown packages by using `--packages-select[-regex]` or similar options.

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