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ROS is an open-source, meta-operating system for your robot. It provides the services you would expect from an operating system, including hardware abstraction, low-level device control, implementation of commonly-used functionality, message-passing between processes, and package management.

Installation Instructions


ROS Lunar is available in AUR packages and seems to be working quite nicely although it lacks some simulators of the ros-lunar-desktop-fullAUR package, the ros-lunar-desktopAUR is complete and seems to have everything functional.


Kinetic packages on the AUR are a work in progress. There are some issues regarding opencv3 that have not been fully resolved yet (installing ros-kinetic-opencv3AUR works, but is somewhat inefficient since it rebuilds opencv3). Currently, installing a metapackage such as ros-kinetic-ros-coreAUR or ros-kinetic-robotAUR should bring in all required dependencies (see [1] for the correct order, or use an AUR helper that fully resolves dependency trees).

Packages are being added on an as-needed basis. Please send package requests to <aur AT seangreenslade DOT com>, and post any issues with the current packages in their respective AUR comments section.

Configure the build tool


Note that catkin uses python2, and therefore catkin_make may fail unless it is explicitly pointed to the python2 install. To do so, add the following alias to your .bashrc (or equivalent):

alias catkin_make="catkin_make -DPYTHON_EXECUTABLE=/usr/bin/python2 -DPYTHON_INCLUDE_DIR=/usr/include/python2.7 -DPYTHON_LIBRARY=/usr/lib/"

catkin build

For configuring the systems using the catkin build environment, one have to configure the catkin workspace as usual and issue a

catkin config -DPYTHON_EXECUTABLE\=/usr/bin/python2 -DPYTHON_INCLUDE_DIR=/usr/include/python2.7 -DPYTHON_LIBRARY=/usr/lib/"

Afterwards, use catkin build as normal. Please remember to reconfigure your catkin whenever you delete the configuration files (i.e. the catkin_ws directory)

Rebuild when shared libraries are updated

When you update a library that ROS depends on (e.g. Boost), all packages that link to it must be rebuilt. Most AUR helpers will not detect this situation. The following script will generate a list of all packages that are linked to missing so files:

(Note that the script requires pyalpm to be installed.)