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rossrv - cannot deserialize custom msg

asked 2015-09-24 19:09:44 -0500

Metalzero2 gravatar image

updated 2015-09-26 13:06:35 -0500

Hello all,

I am trying to create a node service with custom messages. Let me start with the messages:

I have pose.msg

float32 xx
float32 yy
float32 zz
float32 roll
float32 pitch 
float32 yaw

and movement.msg

float32 distance
float32 angle

these files are in <package_anme>/msg folder. I also added message_generation and message_runtime where ever needed in the CMakeLists.txt and package.xml.

Also in the CMakeLists.txt I have added:


Now for the service. The file motion.srv is located in the srv folder and containes the following code:

pose p
movement m
pose pb

In the CMakeLists.txt I have added:


Not sure how important but the CMakeLists.txt has:


So now lets go to the code. I am using rospy. My package name is otacon.

The Service Node:

#!/usr/bin/env python
import rospy
from otacon.srv import *
import otacon.msg as ms

def forward(robot):
    x = robot.p.xx
    y = robot.p.yy
    theta = robot.p.yaw
    d = robot.m.distance
    ntheta = robot.m.angle

    … do some stuff ...
    npose = ms.pose
    npose.xx = x+Dx+Dx*q
    npose.yy = y+Dy+Dy*q
    npose.zz = 0
    npose.roll = 0
    npose.pitch = 0
    npose.yaw = ntheta+Dtheta+Dtheta*q
    return (npose)

def motion_server():
    s = rospy.Service('motion_model', motion, forward)
    print "Ready to move robot"

if __name__ == "__main__":

and the client node is as follows:

#!/usr/bin/env python
import rospy
from otacon.srv import *
import otacon.msg as ms

def move(Pose, action)
            motion_model = rospy.ServiceProxy('motion_model', motion)
            pp = ms.pose
            mm = ms.movement
            pp.xx = Pose[0]
            pp.yy = Pose[1]
            pp.zz = Pose[2]
            pp.roll = Pose[3]
            pp.pitch = Pose[4]
            pp.yaw = Pose[5]
            mm.distance = action[0]
            mm.angle = action[1]
            l = motion_model(pp,mm)

        except rospy.ServiceException, e:
            print "Motion failed: %s"%e

The error I get is

Motion failed: transport error completing service call: receive_once[/motion_model]: DeserializationError cannot deserialize: 'pose' object attribute 'xx' is read-only

I have spend the last 2 hours trying to find a solution but nothing. Every time I fixed something, I got a different error. This is the farthest I was able to get. I am very tired now so sorry if I misses some important information. I really hope somebody can help me. I don't know what else to do :/. Also if there are any improvements I can do on the current code (so I have less of it) please tell me.

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I'm having similar a similar issue. Did you ever figure this out?

CMobley7 gravatar image CMobley7  ( 2016-04-14 16:14:13 -0500 )edit

Looks like the issue comes from de-serializing the values. I have same issue when doing a rosservice call or via rqt, but when calling the service in c++ code it seams to work.

nihalsoans91 gravatar image nihalsoans91  ( 2020-09-16 12:54:32 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-08-09 16:06:55 -0500

TinyTheBrontosaurus gravatar image

Just ran into this one myself. Created a bug in rospy along with a reproducible test case.

Basically, having a pose in both the request and the response is causing it. I fixed mine by making duplicate message types. Lame fix, but it worked.

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