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cd build && cmake -Wdev -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=rospack find osbuild/rostoolchain.cmake .. [rosbuild] Building package New [rosbuild] Cached build flags older than manifests; calling rospack to get flags

Failed to invoke /opt/ros/fuerte/bin/rospack cflags-only-I;--deps-only New CMake Error at /usr/lib/vtk-5.8/VTKTargets.cmake:16 (ADD_EXECUTABLE): Command add_executable() is not scriptable

Call Stack (most recent call first): /usr/lib/vtk-5.8/VTKConfig.cmake:231 (INCLUDE) /usr/share/cmake-2.8/Modules/FindVTK.cmake:73 (FIND_PACKAGE) /opt/ros/fuerte/stacks/perception_pcl/pcl/vtk_include.cmake:1 (find_package)

CMake Error at /opt/ros/fuerte/share/ros/core/rosbuild/public.cmake:129 (message):

Failed to invoke rospack to get compile flags for package 'New'.  Look
above for errors from rospack itself.  Aborting.  Please fix the broken

Call Stack (most recent call first): /opt/ros/fuerte/share/ros/core/rosbuild/public.cmake:227 (rosbuild_invoke_rospack) CMakeLists.txt:12 (rosbuild_init)

I am facing this error to compile my packages. Can anybody help me. I am using Ubuntu 12.04. ROS fuerte.

Originally posted by Muhammad Atif on ROS Answers with karma: 3 on 2013-06-07

Post score: 5

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Comment by sai on 2013-06-07:
same issue here too

Comment by abencz on 2013-06-07:
Seeing the same as well when compiling husky_simulator in fuerte on 12.04. The same package on the same machine works fine in groovy.

Comment by yanma on 2013-06-07:
This is effecting gazebo plugins compilation as well, since gazebo seems depends on perception_pcl. Seem to be broken by a Ubuntu update this week.

Comment by sai on 2013-06-07:
thats true, after update, the package is not compiling, pls post the answer once you solve the issue

Comment by martimorta on 2013-06-10:
Same problem with laser_scan_matcher ...

Comment by brice rebsamen on 2013-06-11:
would be great if one of you could post a bug report on github and post the link to it here

Comment by martimorta on 2013-06-12:
somebody did @brice rebsamen https://github.com/ros-perception/perception_pcl/issues/18


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I am using fuerte on 12.04, and had the same problem. Here's my workaround and now I can rosmake my packages again! Since the error occurred at the perception_pcl stack, I overlaid it and recompiled the stack with the patch in my own workspace, thanks to this post


During the recompilation of the stack, it also bit me with another couple of errors, e.g., I had to softlink the GL header folder, and rebuild VTK with the -fPIC option (because I manually installed VTK previously with all default options).

Here are the steps, which are just a workaround and I hope a real solution is coming with a good ROS update.

  1. Copy the perception_pcl stack from /opt/ros/ to your workspace, and cd into it.
  2. rosws set pcl.
  3. rosws update pcl. (After this, resource your setup.bash file, and check if the new stack is in your $ROS_PACKAGE_PATH)
  4. Install the patch:


  1. Delete all build folders (found two in pcl/ and pcl/msg/, respectively).
  2. rosmake pcl (Don't forget to delete the ROS_NOBUILD dummy beforehand) (Here I was given a compiling error related to VTK. If you luckily don't have it, go straight to Step 9.)
  3. Re-do your VTK.
    1. cd into your VTK source folder.
    2. mkdir build and cd into it.
    3. cmake .. gave me a missing file error as "file STRINGS file "/usr/local/include/GL/glx.h" cannot be read".
    4. sudo ln -s /usr/include/GL /usr/local/include
    5. ccmake . to configure your VTK
    6. make CFLAGS=-fPIC
    7. sudo make install
  4. rosmake pcl.
  5. rosmake your_package.
  6. YEH!

Originally posted by Jiayi Liu with karma: 166 on 2013-06-09

This answer was ACCEPTED on the original site

Post score: 3

Original comments

Comment by Muhammad Atif on 2013-06-09:
@Jiayi Liu.it did not work for me. i have installed ROS-fuerte by using apt-get. Steps I have followed are.I have confusion at 4th step and 5th step.I am new to Ubuntu and ROS might b i am doing mistakes. The output of 4th step is "patching file manifest.xml Hunk #1 FAILED at 31. 1 out of 1 hunk FA"

Comment by Jiayi Liu on 2013-06-10:
Hey @Muhammad Atif. By saying "install", I mean making changes to corresponding files, according to the diffs. Btw, how did you get that output?

Comment by Muhammad Atif on 2013-06-10:
@Jiayi Liu.Now I have done the same just change the files.One thing i want to tell you i installed ROS by "apt-get".I have copied the perception_pcl package from /opt/ros/fuerte/stacks to /home/atif/fuerte_workspace. i have my package is /home/atif/fuerte_workspace/sandbox I am doing rite ?

Comment by VicL on 2013-06-11:
Hi Jiayi, when i modified "cmake -P ${prefix}/vtk_include.cmake`" lflags="-L`cmake -P ${prefix}/vtk_library.cmake" to "cat ${prefix}/vtk_include_dirs.txt`" lflags="-L`cat ${prefix}/vtk_library_dirs.txt", this is what I got (next comment!)

Comment by VicL on 2013-06-11:
"cat: /opt/ros/fuerte/stacks/perception_pcl/pcl/vtk_include_dirs.txt: No such file or directory".

rosmake pcl didnt show any errors.

Should I have deleted the perception_pcl stack at /opt/ros/fuerte/stacks?

Bythe way, what do you mean by redo VTK? Where shld the source file be at?

Comment by VicL on 2013-06-11:
my package is in ~/fuerte_workspace/ btw!

Comment by sai on 2013-06-11:
The above answer worked when I installed a fresh copy of ubuntu 12.04 and fuerte and solved the issue

Comment by Alexandr Buyval on 2013-06-11:
Thank you. It work.

Comment by Jiayi Liu on 2013-06-12:
@Muhammad Atif. 1) As shown in ROS documentation, apt-get is the correct way to install ROS stack binaries, which downloads the stacks to your /opt path.

Comment by Jiayi Liu on 2013-06-12:
2) You are right. Make sure to run Step 2-3 to put the new pcl in the ROS PACK PATH. You can try "echo $ROS_PACKAGE_PATH" to check the new stack is shown.

Comment by Jiayi Liu on 2013-06-12:
Hi @VicL, 1) it seems that your overlay is not working as expected. Your rosbuild still finds perception_pcl in the /opt path instead of your workspace. Use rosws to setup the overlay, and use "echo $ROS_PACKAGE_PATH" to check the stack shows up in your workspace.

Comment by Jiayi Liu on 2013-06-12:
2) I won't suggest you do that. 3) Because long time ago I had a manual installation of VTK without creating a shared library (the -fPIC option), which caused a building error in Step 6. So if you were not messing with VTK from source code, you shouldn't worry about the entire Step 7.

Comment by jemalo on 2013-06-12:
Thanks a lot, it works for me (ROS fuerte + Ubuntu 12.04). But when I launch move_base, it cannot find the file libpcl-ros-tf.so. Then I've re-installed "ros-fuerte-perception-pcl" and move_base runs all right. I hope that someone can propose a better solution.


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