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Using subscriber/callback function inside of a class C++

asked 2013-12-09 05:55:39 -0500

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updated 2014-01-28 17:18:46 -0500

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For the life of me I cannot seem to figure out why this code is not working and throws up a lot of errors:

class Example {


    Example(ros::NodeHandle n )
        sub = n.subscribe("/camera/depth_registered/points", 1000, &this->callBack);


    void callBack(const sensor_msgs::PointCloud2Ptr& msg)



    ros::Subscriber sub; 

I have initialised the ros::Subscriber sub inside of the class members but cannot seem to figure out why it's giving me an error.

Any ideas?


Here are the error messages:

error: no matching function for call to ‘ros::NodeHandle::subscribe(const char [32], int, <unresolved overloaded function type>)’ /src/talker.cpp:11:71: note: candidates are: /opt/ros/hydro/include/ros/node_handle.h:379:14: note: template<class M, class T> ros::Subscriber ros::NodeHandle::subscribe(const string&, uint32_t, void (T::*)(M), T*, const ros::TransportHints&)

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What exact errors? When are you getting them? During compile or when running? Initial guess: Try adding a this to the subscribe call an specify the classname instead of this-> for the subscribe.

dornhege gravatar image dornhege  ( 2013-12-09 06:09:25 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-12-09 11:10:33 -0500

Callbacks with class member functions are a little tricky. "Regular" functions are merely a pointer to some code in memory. Class member functions have additional state information, namely the object instance they belong to, so you cannot just plug a member function into a regular function pointer and expect it to work.

There are two easy ways to solve this. Firstly, the ROS developers anticipated this problem and provided a neat alternative subscribe method that accepts member functions and the corresponding object like this:

sub = n.subscribe("/camera/depth_registered/points", 1000, &Example::callBack, this);

The &Example::callBack is the function pointer to the member function, and this is the object instance for which you want to have the callback called.

But even if they had forgotten, the second option is to use boost::bind(), a very powerful tool to bind arguments to arbitrary functions, which supports class member functions as well:

sub = n.subscribe("/camera/depth_registered/points", 1000, boost::bind(&Example::callBack, this, _1));

The syntax is slightly more complicated, but it is much more versatile (read the Boost documentation for details).

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I have the same problem , I used the boost::bind,but I have new error information

the code: _sub_object = _nh.subscribe("/perception/object",1,boost::bind(&MotionCore::_callback_from_perception_obstacle,this));

the error: In file included from /home/westeast/git/enmodel/src/trajectory/nodes/final

westeast gravatar image westeast  ( 2017-05-13 03:56:31 -0500 )edit

You forgot the placeholder _1 for the argument that will be passed to your callback

roehling gravatar image roehling  ( 2018-05-04 10:50:07 -0500 )edit

If using boost::bind, the subscribe docs have a useful note not mentioned here: ...

BryceWilley gravatar image BryceWilley  ( 2018-08-24 11:14:54 -0500 )edit

when using functor objects (like boost::bind, for example) you must explicitly specify the message type as a template argument, because the compiler cannot deduce it in this case.

BryceWilley gravatar image BryceWilley  ( 2018-08-24 11:15:02 -0500 )edit

why was this so hard to find

db gravatar image db  ( 2020-08-14 06:19:13 -0500 )edit

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