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roslaunch stuck on 'Loading robot model'

asked 2015-04-13 16:31:08 -0500

aak2166 gravatar image

Hi all.

I'm trying to run a moveit path that I have planned out with the following launch file:

    <arg name="urdf_file" default="$(find planar_2d_description)/urdf/planar_2d.urdf" />
    <arg name="srdf_file" default="$(find planar_2d_config)/config/planar_2d.srdf" />
    <param name="robot_description" command="cat $(arg urdf_file)" />
    <param name="robot_description_semantic" command="cat $(arg srdf_file)" />
    <include file="$(find planar_2d_config)/launch/planar_2d_moveit_controller_manager.launch.xml"/>

However, on launch ROS seems to hang up at this step:

[ INFO] [1428960470.895442847]: Loading robot model 'planar_2d'...

And if I kill it with ctrl+C:

terminate called after throwing an instance of 'std::runtime_error' what(): Unable to connect to move_group action server within allotted time (2)

I'm at a loss as to what can be causing this. The paths to my urdf and srdf are correct, and I am passing the param the contents of the file with cat, not just the path.

If anyone has any ideas it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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answered 2015-04-15 04:06:49 -0500

gvdhoorn gravatar image

updated 2015-04-15 04:07:28 -0500

<include file="$(find planar_2d_config)/launch/planar_2d_moveit_controller_manager.launch.xml"/>

That include is not enough to start MoveIt correctly, which is why you get the Unable to connect to move_group action server within allotted time (2) error. Not all services have been started which hangs your application: it is simply waiting for those services to come up.

Do you have any specific reason to want to create this all by hand? The moveit_setup_assistant creates a demo.launch file for you which starts and configures all the required nodes for a functioning planning pipeline. Take a look at the demo.launch from the pr2_moveit_config package to see an example (but your planar_2d_config should also have one).

As an immediate fix, you could include the move_group.launch file from your planar_2d_config package, instead of what you're doing now. Use demo.launch to see which parameters it needs (here for the PR2 again).

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I used the setup assistant to create my config files. Then I had to change a few of them, since I have a 2 DOF arm and am using a custom ik solver. I managed to get it to work by including the planning_context file with the load_robot_description value set to true.

aak2166 gravatar image aak2166  ( 2015-04-15 06:11:41 -0500 )edit

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