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I am developing a package for the ROS, in fact, it is a package of resources/models for the Gazebo, and I need with the presence of this package in the Workspace of Catkin to automatically set the variable GAZEBO_MODEL_PATH for this package.

I could intervene in the file ~/catkin_mygazebo_ws/devel/setup.sh, adding the path to a variable, but first I would like to know if there is any way to do it by another more specialized route to Catkin.

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After some tests and following suggestions in the reference links at the end of this answer, I came up with the following solution:

Let's assume you need to add the path to new gazebo templates when developing your packages, so create a directory called env_hooks in your template package folder.

Enter the directory and create a configuration file with the extension specified for each shell (.bash, .zsh, tcsh). This file can have any name, in the case I will use models_env. , change <shell_string> to the extension representing the shell, each file must be the required variables configuration according to the shell.

Now edit the CMakeLists.txt file and add the following directive to the end:

catkin_add_env_hooks (models_env SHELLS bash tcsh zsh DIRECTORY $ {CMAKE_CURRENT_SOURCE_DIR} / env-hooks)

For example, for the Bash shell, I edited my models_env.bash file and put:

#! /bin/bash
echo "*******"
echo "Preparing specific variables for the gazebo_model package"
echo "*******"

_CATKIN_ENV_HOOKS_PATH = $ (catkin locate arr_gazebo_models)
export GAZEBO_MODEL_PATH = "$ {_ CATKIN_ENV_HOOKS_PATH} / models: $ {GAZEBO_MODEL_PATH}"

References:

https://docs.ros.org/api/catkin/html/user_guide/environment.html https://docs.ros.org/api/catkin/html/dev_guide/generated_cmake_api.html#catkin_add_env_hooks

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