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How to set and access local parameters when launching a nodelet?

asked 2015-09-22 04:53:39 -0500

Dimitri Schachmann gravatar image

I know how to set and read local a parameter using a plain node with


on the command line and

string value;
ros::param::get("~param", value)

To get the value in the code. But all my attempts to do so with a nodelet fail.

I need to add a local parameter to a nodelet I start. I though I need to add it to the my_argv parameter:

nodelet::M_string remappings;
nodelet::V_string my_argv;
manager.load("NodeletName", "my_namespace/NodeletClassName", remappings, my_argv);

And in the nodelet, after onInit() in some callback I have:

std::string param;
ros::param::get("~param", param);
std::cout << "param = " << param << "." << std::endl;

Which prints param = .. I also tried getPrivateNodeHandle().getParam("param", param) with no success.

I guess I'm doing it completely wrong?

The background is, that I want to start load multiple nodelets of the same type but with different configurations. Perhaps there is some other canonical way for that?

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When I launch the same nodelet with in a launch file, I am able to set the arguments using args="_param:=value" and the read them using getPrivateNodeHandle().getParam("param", param). Perhaps thats engough for me, but I still wonder how it would be possible with roscpp nodlet loader only.

Dimitri Schachmann gravatar image Dimitri Schachmann  ( 2015-09-23 10:29:07 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-10-14 01:22:37 -0500

dseifert gravatar image

To pass a parameter value to a nodelet, try either passing it as an argument on the command line when you run the executable that loads the nodelet (i.e. "_param:=value") or set the parameter using ros::param::set("~param", value).

In either case the nodelet should be able to access it using getPrivateNodeHandle().getParam("param", value).

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The thing is I want to start multiple nodelets with the same executable with different parameters. If I run ros::param::set(...) I'm setting the parameter for all those those nodelets, don't I?

Dimitri Schachmann gravatar image Dimitri Schachmann  ( 2015-10-17 05:55:34 -0500 )edit

I would assume each nodelet is in a different namespace, and so would be the parameters.

dseifert gravatar image dseifert  ( 2015-10-20 03:13:07 -0500 )edit

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