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asked 2015-07-28 03:56:01 -0600

Damon gravatar image

updated 2015-07-30 05:30:43 -0600

Hi everyone. I have a problem and I hope you can help me. :)

I have a robot: Two Schunk lwa4d arms mounted on a box.

I can load this robot in gazebo.

I can load this robot in moveit + rviz and plan path for it.

But the problem is making connection between these two. So far, I am unable of doing so. I know that in both sides, gazebo and moveit, i need to have some modifications. But my major suspicion is a warning message that I receive when launching my robot in gazebo, where it warns:

[WARN] [WallTime: 1438070984.731293] [4.961000] Controller Spawner couldn't find the expected controller_manager ROS interface.

[WARN] [WallTime: 1438070984.740924] [4.954000] Controller Spawner couldn't find the expected controller_manager ROS interface.

I know it has something to do with controller_manager. In my launch file, I have:

<!-- controllers -->
<rosparam file="$(find schunk_lwa4d)/config/TwoArm/TwoArm_arm_controller_v2.yaml" command="load"/>
<rosparam file="$(find schunk_lwa4d)/config/joint_state_controller.yaml" command="load"/>
<!-- start_controllers -->
<node name="joint_state_controller_spawner" pkg="controller_manager" type="spawner" args="joint_state_controller" respawn="false" />
<node name="arm_controller_spawner" pkg="controller_manager" type="spawner" args="arm_controller" />

What I know for now is that each warning is related to one control spawning. My file, joint_state_controller.yaml is very small:

type: joint_state_controller/JointStateController
publish_rate: 50

ROS is able to locate it. So the problem shouldn't be finding the file. But in spawning it using controller spawner, something is going wrong.

I tried to copy-paste the other file, TwoArm_arm_controller_v2.yaml, here too. But I couldn't format it in a good way to be easily readable. But the basic structure is something like:

## joint_names
joint_names: [arm1_1_joint, arm1_2_joint, arm1_3_joint, arm1_4_joint, arm1_5_joint, arm1_6_joint, arm1_7_joint, arm2_1_joint, arm2_2_joint, arm2_3_joint, arm2_4_joint, arm2_5_joint, arm2_6_joint, arm2_7_joint]
## joint trajectory controller
  type: position_controllers/JointTrajectoryController
    - arm1_1_joint
    - arm1_7_joint
    - arm2_1_joint
    - arm2_7_joint

    goal_time: 0.6
    stopped_velocity_tolerance: 0.05
    arm1_1_joint: {trajectory: 0.1, goal: 0.1}
    arm2_7_joint: {trajectory: 0.1, goal: 0.1}
  stop_trajectory_duration: 0.5
  state_publish_rate:  25
  action_monitor_rate: 10

What I could find by now is that there may be two reasons for this warning:

  • controller manager not running.
  • not launching the spawned script in the same namespace as the controller manager.

But honestly, I don't know how to move forward from this point. I know that controller_manager has been installed:

ros@ros:~/Documents/Damon_CPP/ROS_Workspace/devel$ rospack find controller_manager


Unfortunately I don't know how to remove the warnings. I have the feeling that if Moveit can't communicate with gazebo, this warning can be a reason. Any help is highly appreciated. :)


After launching my robot in gazebo, I tried this command:

ros@ros:~$ rosrun controller_manager controller_manager list

Nothing appears. The terminal goes frozen. I asked the same thing from my friend whose robot (2 U10 arms on a box) is loaded and controlled properly by moveit. Here is his result:

merosy@MeRoSy-1:~$ rosrun controller_manager controller_manager list joint_state_controller - hardware_interface::JointStateInterface ( running )

arm_controller - hardware_interface::PositionJointInterface ( running )

Seemingly my controller_manager is not working properly. Any suggestion ... (more)

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answered 2015-07-28 08:05:00 -0600

Adolfo Rodriguez T gravatar image

Check two things:

Firstly, that the controller_manager is running. You can check this by executing on the command line:

rosservice list | grep controller_manager

The expected output should look like:


If you don't get any output, then you're probably not loading the gazebo_ros_control plugin in your robot model:

  <plugin name="gazebo_ros_control" filename="">

Notice that if you specify <robotNamespace> above (it's optional), the controller_manager ROS API will be namespaced to /MYROBOT/controller_manager/...

Secondly, check that the controller_manager and the spawner are in the same namespace. That is, if you spawn the controller_manager under the MYROBOT namespace, the spawner should be pushed to the same namespace as well. roslaunch allows spawning nodes in namespaces.

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Thank you so much Adolfo. You were right and I added the plugin. So the warning disappeared. Nevertheless, now I see another problem: Could not load class joint_state_controller/JointStateController: Could not find library corresponding to plugin joint_state_controller/JointStateControlle

Damon gravatar image Damon  ( 2015-07-29 07:44:16 -0600 )edit

I know that joint_state_controller/JointStateController is between my controllers. I see it when:

ros@ros:/opt/ros/indigo/stacks$ rosservice call controller_manager/list_controller_types


Damon gravatar image Damon  ( 2015-07-29 07:48:07 -0600 )edit

Are you positive that the library exists and is visible by your current ROS environment?. If installing from binaries, ros-<distro>-joint-state-controller should be installed. If building from source, rospack find joint_state_controller should yield a valid path. Make sure the package is built.

Adolfo Rodriguez T gravatar image Adolfo Rodriguez T  ( 2015-07-29 10:28:26 -0600 )edit

Hi again, Adolfo.

ros@ros:~/Documents/Damon_CPP/ROS_Workspace/devel$ rospack find joint_state_controller
Damon gravatar image Damon  ( 2015-07-30 02:05:27 -0600 )edit

Before installing the stack ros_controllers, I had the same error. So your guess is true that not having the controller causes this error. BUT! The difference is that when having the package, the error says: " Make sure the plugin description XML file has the correct name of the library and ... "

Damon gravatar image Damon  ( 2015-07-30 02:13:11 -0600 )edit

@Damon: edit your original question with any new information. The comments are really way too limited to add copy/pastes of console output. Just add Edit: and then place whatever new info you have after that.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2015-07-30 02:24:05 -0600 )edit

Did you mean /opt/ros/indigo/**share**/ros_controllers/joint_state_controller?. Could you check that /opt/ros/indigo/lib/ exists?.

Adolfo Rodriguez T gravatar image Adolfo Rodriguez T  ( 2015-07-30 04:31:49 -0600 )edit

You mention in the question update that you downloaded the controller into /opt/ros/indigo/stacks, so, you're not installing from binaries. The actual plugin (the .so library) needs to be built, it's not part of the version-controlled files in the repository. Is this what's going on?.

Adolfo Rodriguez T gravatar image Adolfo Rodriguez T  ( 2015-07-30 07:00:08 -0600 )edit

answered 2018-06-09 09:26:06 -0600

khaled0000 gravatar image

updated 2018-06-09 17:58:20 -0600

jayess gravatar image

just install ros-kinetic-gazebo-ros-control by :

sudo apt install ros-kinetic-gazebo-ros-control
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answered 2016-08-24 09:17:24 -0600

sapan gravatar image

Trying to use Gazebo for simulating DarwinOP. "rosservice list | grep controller_manager" doesn't responses ! I checked for the NameSpace but they are correctly written in urdf for controller manager and in darwin_control.launch file for spawner... Still I get the same error

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Did you install the package? Assuming you are using kinetic.

$ sudo apt-get install ros-kinetic-ros-control ros-kinetic-ros-controllers

More details here.

surfertas gravatar image surfertas  ( 2017-04-12 22:27:10 -0600 )edit

I did install the packages and spawner and manager are within the same namespace (both global /). I use husky simulation running playpen world, husky spawner and keyboard teleop. cmd_vel is active, but husky does not move. I still receive the controller spawner warning.

RodBelaFarin gravatar image RodBelaFarin  ( 2017-04-21 04:03:45 -0600 )edit

I did have to install controllers on Gazebo side as well: $ sudo apt-get install ros-kinetic-gazebo-ros ros-kinetic-gazebo-ros-control Worked for me.

RodBelaFarin gravatar image RodBelaFarin  ( 2017-04-26 06:13:01 -0600 )edit

i installed both ros-kinetic-gazebo-ros and ros-kinetic-gazebo-ros-control, but still got the same error.. any ideas? thx!!

myrotrac gravatar image myrotrac  ( 2019-01-18 07:21:15 -0600 )edit

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