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problem with rosmsg - tutorial

asked 2014-08-07 10:52:08 -0500

ilymperopo gravatar image


I am using the Indigo installation, with Ubuntu 14.04 in VirtualBox.

I am following the ROS tutorials and I am currently having problems with ros messages

I follow everything as described

  1. Create a new message called Num.msg, under folder beginner_tutorials/msg.
  2. Modify the CMakeLists.txt file as described.
  3. Run catkin_make

Everything compiles beautifully. I then try to run

rosmsg show beginner_tutorials/Num

and I get a huge list of locations where ros was searching (unsuccesfully to locate the msg).

Then I run

rosmsg list

and I don't see my beginner_tutorials/Num in the list.

Am I missing something? How do I add my newly defined msg in the ros list of messages?


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answered 2014-08-07 11:26:59 -0500

Chrissi gravatar image

Did you source your workspace?

In your workspace there should be a devel directory containing a setup.bash try source setup.bash and then run your commands again.

Actually this setup.bash file tells ros where to look for messages, nodes, service, etc. and if you do not source it, it will not look in your workspace.

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thanks source devel/setup.bash solved my problem

ilymperopo gravatar image ilymperopo  ( 2014-08-07 11:43:28 -0500 )edit

add that to your .bashrc file in your home folder so it will source everytime you open up a new terminal

l0g1x gravatar image l0g1x  ( 2014-08-07 12:18:28 -0500 )edit

that's a great idea

ilymperopo gravatar image ilymperopo  ( 2014-08-07 12:35:31 -0500 )edit

That is why it is stated in the tutorials :)

l0g1x gravatar image l0g1x  ( 2014-08-07 12:41:45 -0500 )edit

Indeed, even though the confusion comes from the fact that sourcing is not repeated in the rosmsg beginners tutorial. But, maybe this serves a purpose, now I know!

ilymperopo gravatar image ilymperopo  ( 2014-08-07 15:40:26 -0500 )edit

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