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Ubuntu install of Hydro Care-O-bot

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These instructions only cover installing Care-O-bot-related software on a supported Ubuntu-based machine. The installation is tested for Ubuntu 14.04. If you discover problems installing them on other platforms, please tell us.

Installation Instructions

These instructions cover installing Care-O-bot-related ROS Indigo software on a supported Ubuntu-based machine. For an overview of Care-O-bot software and ROS, please see the Care-O-bot software overview.

Configure your Ubuntu repositories

Configure your Ubuntu repositories to allow "restricted," "universe," and "multiverse." You can follow the Ubuntu guide for instructions on doing this.

Setup your sources.list

Setup your computer to accept software from packages.ros.org.

  • sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://packages.ros.org/ros/ubuntu $(lsb_release -sc) main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros-latest.list'


Source Debs are also available

Set up your keys

  • sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://ha.pool.sks-keyservers.net:80 --recv-key 421C365BD9FF1F717815A3895523BAEEB01FA116

If you experience issues connecting to the keyserver, you can try substituting hkp://pgp.mit.edu:80 or hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 in the previous command.


Install all Care-O-bot stacks

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ros-indigo-care-o-bot

Environment setup

It's convenient if the ROS environment variables are automatically added to your bash session every time a new shell is launched:

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

If you have more than one ROS distribution installed, ~/.bashrc must only source the setup.bash for the version you are currently using.

If you just want to change the environment of your current shell, you can type:

source /opt/ros/indigo/setup.bash

If you use zsh instead of bash you need to run the following commands to set up your shell:

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


Proceed to the Care-O-bot tutorials.

2019-04-20 12:24