Let's create a catkin workspace:

$ mkdir -p ~/catkin_ws/src
$ cd ~/catkin_ws/src

Even though the workspace is empty (there are no packages in the 'src' folder, just a single CMakeLists.txt link) you can still "build" the workspace:

$ cd ~/catkin_ws/
$ catkin_make

The catkin_make command is a convenience tool for working with catkin workspaces. If you look in your current directory you should now have a 'build' and 'devel' folder. Inside the 'devel' folder you can see that there are now several setup.*sh files. Sourcing any of these files will overlay this workspace on top of your environment. To understand more about this see the general catkin documentation: catkin. Before continuing source your new setup.*sh file:

$ source devel/setup.bash

To make sure your workspace is properly overlayed by the setup script, make sure ROS_PACKAGE_PATH environment variable includes the directory you're in.

$ echo $ROS_PACKAGE_PATH
/home/youruser/catkin_ws/src:/opt/ros/kinetic/share

Wiki: ROS/Tutorials/catkin/CreateWorkspace (last edited 2017-03-20 17:18:31 by IsaacSaito)