[ros-users] New Tool: roscompile - Catkin Metadata Helper

kruset kruset at mail.in.tum.de
Fri Jul 24 14:54:54 UTC 2015

Does this only add dependencies or also remove obsolete ones (where no 
usage could be detected)?
Could this be rather added to roslint or catkin_lint?

On 2015-07-24 15:39, David Lu!! via ros-users wrote:
> I have a confession to make. I'm not very good at Catkin. One reason
> is because there is a lot more metadata to maintain. Unlike Ye Olde
> Rosbuild, where you could add a dependency by adding a single tag in
> the manifest, Catkin requires you add the build and run dependencies
> to the package.xml, as well as add the dependencies in the
> CMakeLists.txt in a couple places.
> That's why I've developed a tool called roscompile, which I've found
> invaluable for cleaning up my packages for release. It attempts to do
> the hard work for you by 'compiling' the information that already
> exists in the package.
>  * Did you just add a dependency on a new package in your source code?
> roscompile will read the source and add the appropriate tags to your
> package.xml and CMakeLists.txt.
>  * Create a new launch file that uses map_server? roscompile reads
> launch files to add run_depends.
>  * Add a new msg/srv/action/dynamic_reconfiguration/plugin? roscompile
> generates the metadata for that too.
> Check it out here: https://github.com/DLu/roscompile
> (contains a full list of features and issues page)
> Of course, the tool is far from perfect. It should not be used to
> blindly make changes to critical repos. I welcome collaboration to
> help cover people's use cases other than my own.
> Happy Catkining,
> David!!
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