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Unable to load the manifest for package

asked 2014-04-07 01:12:02 -0600

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I'm using rosbridge with catkin packages.

ros_rope (the webserver for the GUI) is started with a python script. At the same time rosbridge_websocket is started. Here's my launchfile:

        <node name="ros_rope_server" pkg="ros_rope" type="" output="screen" />
        <node name="ros_rope_bridge" pkg="rosbridge_server" type="rosbridge_websocket" />
        <node name="ros_rope_helper" pkg="ros_rope_helper" type="" output="screen" />

Additionally there's another ROS node ros_rope_test providing the different services for the gui:

        <node name="ros_rope_test_server" pkg="ros_rope_test" type="" output="screen" />

I start both packages with roslaunch ros_rope server and roslaunch ros_rope_test server.

When the ros_rope executes the first service call to ros_rope_test, it throws the following exception:

[ERROR] [WallTime: 1396864502.429285] [Client 0] [id: call_service:/get_process_list:2] call_service InvalidPackageException: Unable to load the manifest for package ros_rope_test. Caused by: ros_rope_test

The next calls work without any problem. So this exception is only thrown once after the node is started.

How can I fix this?

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Did you make sure service is available before you call service?

jihoonl gravatar image jihoonl  ( 2014-04-12 20:05:45 -0600 )edit

Yes, I can call the service with `rosservice call` -> The service is definetly up and running. I can also reproduce this behavior by simply restarting the `rosbridge_server rosbridge_websocket`. Thus rosbridge causes the error after each restart. Maybe it's related to catkin packages?

Pro gravatar image Pro  ( 2014-04-13 21:33:19 -0600 )edit

Can you provide any test code? So I can dig out the problem. I am not sure how to reproduce the given issue.

jihoonl gravatar image jihoonl  ( 2014-04-13 22:00:48 -0600 )edit

Here are two ros packages to reproduce this behavior: Just `catkin_make` and start them with `roslaunch rosbridge_test_service server` and `roslauch rosbridge_test_webapp server`. Then open your browser http://localhost:3000

Pro gravatar image Pro  ( 2014-04-14 01:26:06 -0600 )edit

It looks like this problem only occurs when using backbone.js (see the comments in main.js file within the webapp folder)

Pro gravatar image Pro  ( 2014-04-14 01:26:56 -0600 )edit

It complains about ros_rope package missing when I tried to start rosbridge_test_webapp server. Can you share this? Or any simple way to replicate the problem would be good too.

jihoonl gravatar image jihoonl  ( 2014-04-14 22:17:32 -0600 )edit

Oh, sorry, here again: Unfortunately I didn't found any simpler way than creating these two packages...

Pro gravatar image Pro  ( 2014-04-14 23:06:38 -0600 )edit

I am following this. Please wait me for test. I just got too many things are loaded on my todo list these days.

jihoonl gravatar image jihoonl  ( 2014-04-16 15:03:21 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-04-16 21:21:36 -0600

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After some experiment, I firstly confirms that ServiceRequests works fine with the code below.

  var ros = new ROSLIB.Ros();

  // If there is an error on the backend, an 'error' emit will be emitted.
  ros.on('error', function(error) {

  // Find out exactly when we made a connection.
  ros.on('connection', function() {
    console.log('Connection made!');
    var getListService = new ROSLIB.Service({
      ros : ros,
      name : '/get_list',
      serviceType : 'rosbridge_test_service/GetList'
    var request = new ROSLIB.ServiceRequest({});
    getListService.callService(request, function(result) {

  // Create a connection to the rosbridge WebSocket server.
  ros.connect('ws://localhost:9090'); //98

I figured out that your code call the service twice almost simultaneously. And it seems to cause a problem when rosbridge creates a message cache. I have tried to investigate to solve this issue but the exception arises from ros core library which I can't track down more deeply.

Thus, I would suggest to clean up the server code logic to call service once. rosbridge is able to handle multiple connections and multiple service calls. However, this case was too extreme...

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