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

David Lu!! davidvlu at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 15:28:43 UTC 2015

Right now it only adds dependencies. Ticketed removal:

roslint is primarily for identifying errors, as I understand it. I
wasn't aware of catkin_lint. I wish I had been because CMake parsing
is hard.

I could imagine integrating with catkin_lint, but don't have the
cycles to undertake that at the moment.

On Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 10:54 AM, kruset <kruset at mail.in.tum.de> wrote:
> 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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