On 12/03/2012 10:52 AM, Mary Ellen Foster wrote:
Hello all,

Some students have developed some code using ROS that I would like to make use of. The obvious, easy solution is to install Ubuntu on a computer and use it that way, but I've been trying to see how much of a hassle it would be to set things up on my Fedora 18 desktop.

I've had some success following the instructions at http://www.ros.org/wiki/fuerte/Installation/Fedora and making use of the packages from http://rmattes.fedorapeople.org/rospackages/. As far as I can recall -- wasn't taking notes, unfortunately -- the following are the things I had to modify from the instructions given on that page:
But now, unfortunately, I've hit "the pcl issue" (http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/robotics/2012/000671.html). The specific symptom is as follows (in the middle of "rosmake -a"):
  [rosbuild] Building package costmap_2d
  Failed to invoke /opt/ros/fuerte/bin/rospack deps-manifests costmap_2d
  [rospack] Error: package/stack costmap_2d depends on non-existent package pcl

I do have pcl-devel-1.6.0-2.fc18.x86_64 installed but it doesn't seem to help. I tried rebuilding the pcl srpm with the patch from http://dev.pointclouds.org/issues/699 (it applied with minimal fuzz), but the rpmbuild pretty much brought my fairly beefy desktop machine to its knees and I'm not sure if it will help in any case. Should I persevere with that?

Any other suggestions for getting this working? As a fallback, I can just install Ubuntu on our demo laptop, but it would be nice to have this working.

All the best,


After hacking on this issue for a while, the best solution I have found is to package the core ros stack (or otherwise have it available,) and then build PCL with the issue 699 patch and USE_ROS set to true.

The error you're getting is because PCL doesn't provide any of the ROS package metadata out of the box, so rospack fails to find PCL.  The patch from issue 699 aimed to fix that, and to make PCL play nice with the ROS message definitions.  PCL is a beast to build though; there's tons of templates which seem to slow gcc down considerably. 

I'm pretty sure that the 699 patch +  your best path forward while we work on getting ROS packaged up (some of the python tools are already packaged, and the fuerte packages on my fedorapeople are almost for submission when I find some spare cycles).  I'd be interested in knowing if you run into any issues, because the 699 patch is how I plan on making PCL work with ROS once the other packages are in Fedora.