OpenSUSE Installation

SVN Based Install (download-and-compile)


  • Install required packages

sudo zypper install cmake subversion mercurial python-setuptools gcc gcc-c++
  • Install libyaml from source.

wget -O ~/yaml-0.1.3.tar.gz
tar -xzf ~/yaml-0.1.3.tar.gz 
cd ~/yaml-0.1.3 && ./configure && make && sudo make install
  • Install pyyaml

sudo easy_install pyyaml

Note This command did not work as a unprivileged user on openSuSE 11.2 behind an authenticating proxy, even with the $http_proxy variable set. Doing an su and then running easy_install pyyaml worked.

  • The rosdep cannnot detect the OpenSUSE OS the commands below will fail to detect the os, add a "-n" option to not automatically build. Then you will need to build manually like this, after manuallly resolving the dependencies.

. ~/ros/
rosmake --no-rosdep rostest


The following lines will download the ROS source code using the rosinstall tool, and bootstrap the installation. The installation downloads all ROS stacks in subdirectories inside the ~/ros directory, one subdirectory for each stack in the rosinstall file.

First install rosinstall:

  • sudo easy_install -U rosinstall

Then use rosinstall to download your preferred C-Turtle variant:

  • ROS-only: Includes basic ROS and tutorials.

    • rosinstall ~/ros ""

    Base Install: ROS plus robot-generic stacks (e.g. navigation, visualization)

    • rosinstall ~/ros ""

    PR2 Install: ROS plus PR2-specific stacks, including PR2 simulator.

    • rosinstall ~/ros ""

    PR2 All Install: ROS plus PR2 and bleeding edge research/experimental stacks.

    • rosinstall ~/ros ""

NOTE: the instructions above download all stacks inside the ~/ros folder. If you prefer a different location, simply change the ~/ros in the commands above.

Environment Setup

Shell language:   Bash     Zsh    

You'll now need to update your environment. You can do this by typing:

source ~/ros/setup.bash

It's convenient if the ROS environment variables are automatically added to your bash session every time a new shell is launched, which you can do with the command below:

echo "source ~/ros/setup.bash" >> ~/.bashrc
. ~/.bashrc

For Zsh users, change the last line of ~/ros/setup.zsh to

source $ROS_ROOT/tools/rosbash/roszsh

before running source ~/ros/setup.zsh Similarly, have the setup script called at the start of each new shell session with

echo "source ~/ros/setup.zsh" >> ~/.zshrc
. ~/.zshrc


Now, to test your installation, please proceed to the ROS Tutorials.

Wiki: cturtle/Installation/OpenSUSE (last edited 2011-08-26 15:20:54 by VC)