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I've been trying to get PCL (1.8) working properly on my system (Ubuntu 16.04) but I am struggling to get even the basic tutorial to work. I could not install the prebuilt binaries supplied by pointclouds.org so instead followed the answer from this post over on stack overflow and used the native repository from Ubuntu to install v1.8.

I then began to run into the same issues raised in this question. I fixed some of them myself using symlinks to correct paths broken by renaming and also installed the missing packages that I could. However I am unable to successfully create a usable makefile.

I am trying to follow this tutorial from pointclouds.org just so I can make sure everything is working.

Output from running cmake:

-- The C compiler identification is GNU 4.9.3
-- The CXX compiler identification is GNU 4.9.3
-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/cc
-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/cc -- works
-- Detecting C compiler ABI info
-- Detecting C compiler ABI info - done
-- Detecting C compile features
-- Detecting C compile features - done
-- Check for working CXX compiler: /usr/bin/c++
-- Check for working CXX compiler: /usr/bin/c++ -- works
-- Detecting CXX compiler ABI info
-- Detecting CXX compiler ABI info - done
-- Detecting CXX compile features
-- Detecting CXX compile features - done
-- Checking for module 'eigen3'
--   Found eigen3, version 3.2.92
-- Found eigen: /usr/include/eigen3  
-- Looking for pthread.h
-- Looking for pthread.h - found
-- Looking for pthread_create
-- Looking for pthread_create - not found
-- Looking for pthread_create in pthreads
-- Looking for pthread_create in pthreads - not found
-- Looking for pthread_create in pthread
-- Looking for pthread_create in pthread - found
-- Found Threads: TRUE  
-- Boost version: 1.58.0
-- Found the following Boost libraries:
--   system
--   filesystem
--   thread
--   date_time
--   iostreams
--   serialization
--   chrono
--   atomic
--   regex
-- Checking for module 'libopenni'
--   Found libopenni, version 1.5.4.0
-- Found openni: /usr/lib/libOpenNI.so  
-- Checking for module 'libopenni2'
--   Found libopenni2, version 2.2.0.3
-- Found OpenNI2: /usr/lib/libOpenNI2.so  
** WARNING ** io features related to pcap will be disabled
** WARNING ** io features related to png will be disabled
-- The imported target "vtkRenderingPythonTkWidgets" references the file
   "/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libvtkRenderingPythonTkWidgets.so"
but this file does not exist.  Possible reasons include:
* The file was deleted, renamed, or moved to another location.
* An install or uninstall procedure did not complete successfully.
* The installation package was faulty and contained
   "/usr/lib/cmake/vtk-6.2/VTKTargets.cmake"
but not all the files it references.

-- Found libusb-1.0: /usr/include  
-- looking for PCL_COMMON
-- Found PCL_COMMON: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpcl_common.so  
-- looking for PCL_OCTREE
-- Found PCL_OCTREE: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpcl_octree.so  
-- looking for PCL_IO
-- Found PCL_IO: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpcl_io.so  
-- Found PCL: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_system.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_filesystem.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_thread.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_date_time.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_iostreams.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_serialization.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_chrono.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_atomic.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_regex.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so;optimized;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpcl_common.so;debug;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpcl_common.so;optimized;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpcl_octree.so;debug;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpcl_octree.so;/usr/lib/libOpenNI.so;/usr/lib/libOpenNI2.so;vtkImagingStencil;vtkCommonComputationalGeometry;vtkCommonDataModel;vtkCommonMath;vtkCommonCore;vtksys;vtkCommonMisc;vtkCommonSystem;vtkCommonTransforms;vtkImagingCore;vtkCommonExecutionModel;vtkFiltersAMR;vtkFiltersGeneral;vtkFiltersCore;vtkParallelCore;vtkIOLegacy;vtkIOCore;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so;vtkInteractionWidgets;vtkFiltersHybrid;vtkImagingSources;vtkRenderingCore;vtkCommonColor;vtkFiltersExtraction;vtkFiltersStatistics;vtkImagingFourier;vtkalglib;vtkFiltersGeometry;vtkFiltersSources;vtkFiltersModeling;vtkImagingGeneral;vtkImagingHybrid;vtkIOImage;vtkDICOMParser;vtkmetaio;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libjpeg.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpng.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtiff.so;vtkInteractionStyle;vtkRenderingAnnotation;vtkImagingColor;vtkRenderingFreeType;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libfreetype.so;vtkftgl;vtkRenderingVolume;vtkIOParallelNetCDF;vtkParallelMPI;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libnetcdf_c++.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libnetcdf.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/hdf5/serial/lib/libhdf5.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libsz.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libdl.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libm.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/hdf5/serial/lib/libhdf5_hl.so;vtkRenderingOpenGL;vtkIOLSDyna;vtkIOXML;vtkIOGeometry;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libjsoncpp.so;vtkIOXMLParser;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libexpat.so;vtkLocalExample;vtkInfovisCore;vtkGeovisCore;vtkInfovisLayout;vtkViewsCore;vtkproj4;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpython2.7.so;vtkTestingGenericBridge;/usr/lib/libgl2ps.so;verdict;vtkIOMovie;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtheoraenc.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libtheoradec.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libogg.so;vtkFiltersImaging;vtkIOMINC;vtkRenderingLOD;vtkViewsQt;vtkGUISupportQt;vtkViewsInfovis;vtkChartsCore;vtkRenderingContext2D;vtkRenderingLabel;vtkRenderingImage;vtkFiltersFlowPaths;vtkxdmf2;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libxml2.so;vtkFiltersReebGraph;vtkViewsContext2D;vtkIOXdmf2;vtkIOAMR;vtkRenderingContextOpenGL;vtkImagingStatistics;vtkIOParallel;vtkFiltersParallel;vtkIONetCDF;vtkexoIIc;vtkGUISupportQtOpenGL;vtkIOParallelLSDyna;vtkFiltersParallelGeometry;vtkGUISupportQtWebkit;vtkIOPLY;vtkWrappingTools;vtkFiltersHyperTree;vtkRenderingVolumeOpenGL;vtkIOExodus;vtkIOPostgreSQL;vtkIOSQL;sqlite3;vtkWrappingJava;vtkFiltersParallelFlowPaths;vtkFiltersParallelStatistics;vtkFiltersProgrammable;vtkFiltersParallelImaging;vtkRenderingParallelLIC;vtkRenderingLIC;vtkInteractionImage;vtkFiltersPython;vtkWrappingPythonCore;vtkIOParallelExodus;vtkFiltersGeneric;vtkIOVideo;vtkRenderingQt;vtkFiltersTexture;vtkIOInfovis;vtkGUISupportQtSQL;vtkRenderingFreeTypeOpenGL;vtkInfovisBoostGraphAlgorithms;vtkRenderingGL2PS;vtkIOGeoJSON;vtkFiltersVerdict;vtkViewsGeovis;vtkIOImport;vtkTestingIOSQL;vtkPythonInterpreter;vtkIOODBC;vtkIOEnSight;vtkIOMySQL;vtkRenderingMatplotlib;vtkDomainsChemistry;vtkIOExport;vtkFiltersParallelMPI;vtkIOParallelXML;vtkTestingRendering;vtkIOMPIParallel;vtkParallelMPI4Py;vtkFiltersSMP;vtkFiltersSelection;vtkIOVPIC;VPIC;vtkImagingMath;vtkImagingMorphological;vtkRenderingParallel;vtkRenderingFreeTypeFontConfig;vtkIOFFMPEG;vtkIOMPIImage;vtkIOGDAL;optimized;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpcl_io.so;debug;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpcl_io.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_system.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_filesystem.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_thread.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_date_time.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_iostreams.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_serialization.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_chrono.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_atomic.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libboost_regex.so;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so;/usr/lib/libOpenNI.so;/usr/lib/libOpenNI2.so;vtkImagingStencil;vtkCommonComputationalGeometry;vtkCommonDataModel;vtkCommonMath;vtkCommonCore;vtksys;vtkCommonMisc;vtkCommonSystem;vtkCommonTransforms;vtkImagingCore;vtkCommonExecutionModel;vtkFiltersAMR;vtkFiltersGeneral;vtkFiltersCore;vtkParallelCore;vtkIOLegacy;vtkIOCore;/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so;vtkInteractionWidgets;vtkFiltersHybrid;vtkImagingSources;vtkRenderingCore;vtkCommonColor;vtkFiltersExtraction;vtkFiltersStatistics;vtkImagingFourier;vtkalglib;vtkFiltersGeometry;vtkFiltersSources;vtkFiltersModeling;vtkImagingGeneral;vtkImagingHybrid;vtkIOImage;vtkDICOMParser;vtkm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(Required is at least version "1.3") 
-- Configuring done
-- Generating done
-- Build files have been written to: /home/matt/hdd_home/pcl/tutorials/build

As can quite easily been seen, what is outputted is very different to what is shown in the tutorial.

It does create a build file so I can run make which errors and outputs:

[ 50%] Building CXX object CMakeFiles/pcd_write_test.dir/pcd_write.cpp.o
[100%] Linking CXX executable pcd_write_test
/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lvtkproj4
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
CMakeFiles/pcd_write_test.dir/build.make:330: recipe for target 'pcd_write_test' failed
make[2]: *** [pcd_write_test] Error 1
CMakeFiles/Makefile2:67: recipe for target 'CMakeFiles/pcd_write_test.dir/all' failed
make[1]: *** [CMakeFiles/pcd_write_test.dir/all] Error 2
Makefile:83: recipe for target 'all' failed
make: *** [all] Error 2

I've tried what I can but maybe I lack enough experience to get this all sorted and working.

I also manually installed the package libproj-dev which has been suggested but this did not fix the issue.

Any help would be much appreciated!

  • Have you installed the dependencies listed here Compiling PCL from source on POSIX compliant systems - in particular, libvtkproj4 should be provided on Ubuntu 16.04 by package libvtk5-dev – steeldriver Jan 13 '17 at 14:16
  • @steeldriver, I have libvtk6-dev installed. When I install libvtk5-dev it causes cmake to completely error out and produce the following pastebin.com/kSaA9Ysw. Installing one removes the other. – macourtney7 Jan 13 '17 at 16:01
  • As far as I can see, neither libvtk6.2 nor libvtk6-dev provide libvtkproj4. Perhaps cmake has cached something related to libvtk5? Have you tried starting over since you installed libvtk6-dev (if you used an out-of-tree cmake build directory, you can simply delete it) – steeldriver Jan 13 '17 at 16:23
  • @steeldriver, libvtk6-dev is bundled in libpcl-dev and that gives the initial cmake output I gave. Am I right in thinking deleting the 'build' directory I created that the makefile is generated to will clear anything cached by cmake? If that's the case then I've cleared the cache and run with both libvtk6 & libvtk5. – macourtney7 Jan 13 '17 at 17:15
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The installation is missing python-vtk which is available in the Ubuntu repository.

This contains the required libvtkRenderingPythonTkWidgets package.

Installing it should remove the problem:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install python-vtk

It did for me.

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