SIGs/Robotics/ROS Packaging

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ROS has traditionally only supported a self-contained installation from version control, typically somewhere like ~/ros or /opt/ros. While Debian and Ubuntu packages exist for many ROS components, they are hosted by the ROS community and onl support installation to /opt/ros. Beginning with ROS Fuerte (released 2012-04-23), the ROS community is moving towards conforming with the FHS (REP 122.)

Now that the ROS community are targeting an FHS-compatible layout, it should be possible to generate binary packages for ROS components and get them accepted into Fedora proper (distribution acceptance is one of the stated reasons for the switch.) This page summarizes the progress towards getting a full working ROS installation into Fedora.




Some extra packaging work is

  • Ensure all appropriate Fedora packages appear in their relevant rosdep manifests
  • Package Gazebo (Review Request)
    • Issues: Bundles several libraries, prefixed with gazebo_*.so. Some (ODE) contain significant changes from upstream. Need to get clarification on whether changes will be upstreamed.
  • Fedora's PCL package lacks the ros messages and catkin setup information needed for perception_pcl.


ROS Core

These packages come from the "ros-underlay" source distribution, and all share the same SRPM. (ros-fuerte-1.8.7)

Component Name RPM Name Version Location
ros ros-fuerte-ros 1.8.7 SRPM
actionlib ros-fuerte-actionlib 1.8.4
common_msgs ros-fuerte-common-msgs 1.8.5
gencpp ros-fuerte-gencpp 0.3.0
genlisp ros-fuerte-genlisp 0.3.0
genmsg ros-fuerte-genmsg 0.3.5
genpy ros-fuerte-genpy 0.3.3
ros_comm ros-fuerte-ros-comm 1.8.9
ros_cpp ros-fuerte-ros-cpp 0.2.3
rospack ros-fuerte-rospack 2.0.12
std_msgs ros-fuerte-std-msgs 0.4.6
catkin catkin 0.3.29


These are individual stacks that rely on each other and on the ROS Core. They all get installed to /usr/share/ros-stacks/stackname

Stack RPM Name Version Location
bond_core ros-fuerte-bond-core 1.6.3 SRPM
bullet ros-fuerte-bullet 2.79 SRPM
diagnostics ros-fuerte-diagnostics 1.6.4 SRPM
driver_common ros-fuerte-driver-common 1.4.0 SRPM
dynamic_reconfigure ros-fuerte-dynamic-reconfigure 1.4.0 SRPM
filters ros-fuerte-filters 1.6.0 SRPM
geometry ros-fuerte-geometry 1.8.0 SRPM
image_common ros-fuerte-image-common 1.8.0 SRPM
nodelet_core ros-fuerte-nodelet-core 1.6.5 SRPM
orocos_kinematics_dynamics ros-fuerte-orocos-kinematics-dynamics 0.2.3 SRPM
pluginlib ros-fuerte-pluginlib 1.8.0 SRPM
vision_opencv ros-fuerte-vision-opencv 1.8.2 SRPM