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RViz keep saying "No transform from [front_left] to [base_link]" [closed]

asked 2015-01-20 09:49:46 -0500

Dragon Qu gravatar image

I have a package named sp1s, I added a URDF, as simple as below:

    <?xml version="1.0"?>
<robot name="sp1s">
  <link name="base_link">
        <box size="0.27 .15 .003"/>
      <material name="white">
         <color rgba="1 1 1 .5"/>

  <link name="front_left">
       <cylinder length=".025" radius="0.034"></cylinder>
      <material name="yellow">
          <color rgba="1 1 0 1"/>

  <joint name="base_to_front_left" type="continuous">
    <origin rpy="1.57075  0  0" xyz="0.06  0.064  -0.011"/>
    <parent link="base_link"/>
    <child link="front_left"/>    
    <axis xyz="0 0 1"/>


Here is the launch file I edited:

    <arg name="model" />
    <arg name="gui" default="False" />
    <param name="robot_description" textfile="$(arg model)" />
    <param name="use_gui" value="$(arg gui)"/>
    <node name="joint_state_publisher" pkg="joint_state_publisher" type="joint_state_publisher" />
    <node name="robot_state_publisher" pkg="robot_state_publisher" type="state_publisher" />
    <node name="rviz" pkg="rviz" type="rviz"  args="-d  $(find sp1s)/urdf.rviz" required="true"/>

When I launch it by "roslaunch sp1s display.launch model:=urdf/sp1s.urdf", the Rviz keep saying "No transform from [front_left] to [base_link]". I double checked my urdf content, I believe it caused by using joint type "continuous".

I strongly believe its a bug. When I follow the urdf_tutorial by 'roslaunch urdf_tutorial display.launch model:=urdf/06-flexible.urdf gui:=True', it was showing fine. But I changed the 06-flexible.urdf simply by add one space at the last empty line, launch it again it would say same thing on RViz

Why its happening, how to work around it?

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answered 2015-01-21 06:13:53 -0500

Dragon Qu gravatar image

I got it! It took me a whole day to figure out why. joint_state_publisher failed to parse the urdf xml file. It dumped error message:

UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode character

I used XML copy editor to compile the file. It was wrong. I should use Text Editor to do it. joint_state_publisher doesn't support Unicode xml file. But check_urdf is fine with that.

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Glad you could figure it out. In the future, when something breaks like this, add the output="screen" attribute to nodes that might be giving you trouble so that you can see these error messages easier.

David Lu gravatar image David Lu  ( 2015-01-21 13:01:08 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-01-20 10:56:41 -0500

David Lu gravatar image

Your example works fine for me, except it doesn't like extra spaces before the

<?xml version="1.0"?>

line, but I assume that's just formatting for this page.

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What could be possible reason on the error message? Did I miss any Ros tool? I searched all process, there is only a 'state-punlisher', could it caused by 'joint-state-publisher' tool? But I can see the joint control UI when follow up urdf totorial

Dragon Qu gravatar image Dragon Qu  ( 2015-01-20 18:00:24 -0500 )edit

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