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rostopic publish message to remote machine?

asked 2014-01-16 02:23:06 -0600

Hendrik Wiese gravatar image

Hi folks,

I'm trying to connect to ROS running on a remote machine. I can remotely echo the topics from the machine however I cannot publish anything.

rostopic echo /odom

works like a charm, printing all the odom messages published by the remote ROS on my local laptop.

rostopic pub /cmd_vel geometry_msgs/Twist -- "<some twist="" data="">"

however does not. I have traced the communication using Wireshark and all I can see are some registerService, registerPublisher and getParam commands. My message however doesn't arrive. I've also tried to simply publish a std_msgs/String to a topic called /blubb. But even that does not work. I cannot see the message itself on the network (however I can see the mentioned remote procedure calls) and thus it doesn't arrive at the remote machine.

ROS_IP is set to the remote machine's IP on both machines. ROS_MASTER_URI is set to http://<remoteip>:11311 on both machines.

netcat works, rostopic echo does, rqt_plot does, even rviz does using the remote connection. I just can't send messages to the remote machine.

Any idea what might be wrong?

Thanks a lot!

Cheers, Hendrik

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answered 2014-01-16 02:56:45 -0600

dornhege gravatar image

I think you've got the meaning of ROS_IP wrong. ROS_IP is to be set to each machine's ip, where a node is running. It is not something like ROS_MASTER_URI!

So, if you have machine a at and machine b at, each node running on a must have ROS_IP and each node on machine b ROS_IP The reason is that machines need to be able to connect forth and back. That is why some connections work (in one direction), while others don't.

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See for an overview of networking setup.

tfoote gravatar image tfoote  ( 2014-01-16 06:18:44 -0600 )edit

I see, I see. Thanks a lot! That has solved this problem.

Hendrik Wiese gravatar image Hendrik Wiese  ( 2014-01-18 04:01:25 -0600 )edit

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