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Error: Invalid argument passed to canTransform argument source_frame

asked 2015-03-17 09:41:16 -0500

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updated 2015-03-17 10:53:25 -0500

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I'm using the Euclidean Clustering and trying to publish a certain cluster which has 3500- 4500 points in it, but iI'm getting a weird error when trying to visualize it in rviz.

[WARN] [1426601373.806774699]: Invalid argument passed to canTransform argument source_frame in tf2 frame_ids cannot be empty

It works fine when I use the original cloud, the problem seems to be with the cloudCluster. Here is the code:

pcl::PointCloud<pcl::PointXYZ> cloudCluster;
for (std::vector<pcl::PointIndices>::const_iterator it = cluster_indices.begin (); it != cluster_indices.end (); ++it)
  pcl::PointCloud<pcl::PointXYZ>::Ptr cloud_cluster (new pcl::PointCloud<pcl::PointXYZ>);
  for (std::vector<int>::const_iterator pit = it->indices.begin (); pit != it->indices.end (); ++pit)
    cloud_cluster->points.push_back (cloud_filtered->points[*pit]);

  cloud_cluster->width = cloud_cluster->points.size ();
  cloud_cluster->height = 1;
  cloud_cluster->is_dense = true;

  if (cloud_cluster->points.size() > 3500 && cloud_cluster->points.size() < 4500) {
    cloudCluster = *cloud_cluster;
sensor_msgs::PointCloud2 cloud2;
pcl::toROSMsg(cloudCluster, cloud2);

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It would probably help if you updated your question with what "a weird error" actually is.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2015-03-17 10:07:13 -0500 )edit

For some reason it did not show up, removed [] from WARN and now it shows

RosFan19 gravatar image RosFan19  ( 2015-03-17 10:29:06 -0500 )edit

In the future, format console copy/pastes as code.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2015-03-17 10:54:17 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-03-17 10:53:09 -0500

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[WARN] [1426601373.806774699]: Invalid argument passed to canTransform argument source_frame in tf2 frame_ids cannot be empty

The error tells you what the problem is: RViz needs properly initialised Headers to be able to visualise something like a PointCloud2, as it cannot transform the points into their correct location without them.

It would appear that cloud2 does not have its frame_id field set in its header (see the std_msgs/Header documentation). You can probably copy it from the original (input) cloud. If not, set it to another valid frame id and things should start working.

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I tried adding:

cloudCluster.header = filtered_cloud.header;

But I still got the error. However when i use:

void    swap (PointCloud< PointT > &rhs)
    Swap a point cloud with another cloud

Then it works.

RosFan19 gravatar image RosFan19  ( 2015-03-17 15:57:42 -0500 )edit

I had the same error, but doing how you said:

cloudCluster.header = filtered_cloud.header

It was working correctly for me.

Caba gravatar image Caba  ( 2015-07-23 09:22:31 -0500 )edit

hello, when i used this commend "cloudCluster.header = filtered_cloud.header" i did not get any error in rviz, but it does not show anything. where exactly you put this commend before the "sensor_msgs::PointCloud2 cloud2;" or inside the loop. thanks in advance.

kerollosghobrial gravatar image kerollosghobrial  ( 2015-10-25 19:01:50 -0500 )edit

I have the code right here:

I solved it by using the swap method, since using just the header doesn't change all the necessary fields.

Look for the part:


RosFan19 gravatar image RosFan19  ( 2015-10-26 03:30:09 -0500 )edit

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