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Using moveit! alongside ros_contol

asked 2015-03-26 13:47:31 -0500

davidx gravatar image

updated 2015-03-27 04:59:47 -0500

gvdhoorn gravatar image

Hi guys,

I want to use moveit! with my simulated robot over Gazebo 2.2 and ROS indigo.

So, I've launched moveit! setup assistant, made a configuration package for my custom robot and changed my 'ros_control' controllers to be of type: "position_controllers/JointTrajectoryController", like so (this is my yaml file):

    type: "position_controllers/JointTrajectoryController"
      - komodo_base_rotation_joint
      - komodo_shoulder_joint
      - komodo_elbow1_joint
      - komodo_elbow2_joint
      - komodo_wrist_joint
      {p: 400.0, d: 0.0, i: 0.0, i_clamp: 0.0}
      {p: 400.0, d: 0.0, i: 0.0, i_clamp: 0.0}
      {p: 700.0, d: 0.0, i: 0.0, i_clamp: 0.0}
      {p: 700.0, d: 0.0, i: 0.0, i_clamp: 0.0}
      {p: 400.0, d: 0.0, i: 0.0, i_clamp: 0.0}

From here, I launched Gazebo with my robot (as usual), the controllers loaded successfully, with the following topics:


Now, when I launch "moveit_planing_execution" I get these errors:

[ INFO] [1427391777.591530773, 16.714000000]: MoveitSimpleControllerManager: Waiting for arm/joint_trajectory_action to come up
[ INFO] [1427391782.603431714, 21.714000000]: MoveitSimpleControllerManager: Waiting for arm/joint_trajectory_action to come up
[ERROR] [1427391787.615310407, 26.714000000]: MoveitSimpleControllerManager: Action client not connected: arm/joint_trajectory_action
[ INFO] [1427391787.683849921, 26.782000000]: Returned 0 controllers in list
[ INFO] [1427391787.699500489, 26.797000000]: Trajectory execution is managing controllers

Rviz then launches, and I can plan trajectories, However once I attempt to execute them, I get:

[ INFO] [1427393489.592196869, 62.858000000]: Returned 0 controllers in list
[ERROR] [1427393489.592233438, 62.858000000]: Unable to identify any set of controllers that can actuate the specified joints: [ komodo_base_rotation_joint komodo_elbow1_joint komodo_elbow2_joint komodo_shoulder_joint komodo_wrist_joint ]
[ERROR] [1427393489.592254160, 62.858000000]: Known controllers and their joints:
[ERROR] [1427393489.592284538, 62.858000000]: Apparently trajectory initialization failed

Obviously, I'm missing something here..

  1. Am I responsible to implement 'JointTrajectoryAction' server? Isn't 'ros_control' implement it for me, by choosing "JointTrajectoryController" type?
  2. If I do need to create one myself, can someone please point me to a simple example?
  3. Can someone please elaborate on how Moveit! should interface with ros_control?

Many Thanks,


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Did you find a solution to this problem yet? I am struggling with the same problem.

Zubin Priyansh gravatar image Zubin Priyansh  ( 2015-12-31 06:23:24 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-12-31 13:24:04 -0500

Chickenman gravatar image

updated 2016-01-01 04:51:59 -0500

gvdhoorn gravatar image

I have the same problem ... I am creating moveit package Gazebo simulation and controllers for controling real robot. I hope I will find some solution in a month and when I did I will write full documentation and tutorial for my work because I think there is a lack of documentation about moveIt implementation. Now I can only help you with this

It is full example of creating motor arduino drivers then Gazebo simulation and MOVEit + Gazebo + real robot control. Syntax is littel bit different because it is older ROS version but I hope it could help you to better understand the point of controling real hardware and simulation with moveit. It helps me a lot. You should also look at this tutorials and better understand the action server. Here is good example how action server ros_control and moveIT works together but first you need to better understand the acion lib.

I hope I will find solutions for my project too and then I will be able to give some documentation too.

I already created controllers for my robot, Gazebo simulation and moveIT package now I am working on joint trajectory action because it is something new for me too

Sorry for my english and happy new year :) I hope the links will help you and I will update new solutions later

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I agree on missing documentation, also see

Humpelstilzchen gravatar image Humpelstilzchen  ( 2016-01-01 03:53:10 -0500 )edit

Minor edit: it's Gazebo, not gadzebo.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2016-01-01 04:52:22 -0500 )edit

HI!Chickenman and gvdhoorn, I have some questions in controlador_brazo.cpp In the program you subscribe the topic "pose_arm",and it is come from topic "brazo/joint_states" How did you get the calculated trajectories from moveIt ? In my topic "the joint_states" just show the final joints position.

peterlin300 gravatar image peterlin300  ( 2017-05-15 10:30:52 -0500 )edit

It is very thankful if you can send the answer to my email I also want to use gazebo and moveit to control my robot,and i have some other questions.

peterlin300 gravatar image peterlin300  ( 2017-05-15 10:35:22 -0500 )edit

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