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Gmapping works in Gazebo, but not on robot

asked 2015-10-08 05:37:30 -0600

85pando gravatar image

Hello everyone,

another problem with gmapping.

When using the Gazebo simulator gmapping works fine with this command

$ rosrun gmapping slam_gmapping scan:=youbot/scan_front _base_frame:=youbot/base_link _odom_frame:=youbot/odom

As far as I understand this correcly, the arguments should be

  • scan:=scan
  • _base_link:=base_link
  • _odom_frame:=odom

which are the default values, so just starting it with $ rosrun gmapping slam_gmapping scan:=scan should work. The values were obtained from a rosrun tf view_frames (image is a link, click to expand) and rostopic list.

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$ rostopic list

Gmapping gives with the error:

 [ WARN] [1444300130.237434289]: MessageFilter [target=odom ]: Dropped 100.00% of messages so far. Please turn the [ros.gmapping.message_notifier] rosconsole logger to DEBUG for more information.

which then leads me to the debug messages:

[DEBUG] [1444300178.106273471]: MessageFilter [target=odom ]: Added message in frame laser at time 1444300192.911, count now 5
[DEBUG] [1444300178.210528915]: MessageFilter [target=odom ]: Removed oldest message because buffer is full, count now 5 (frame_id=laser, stamp=1444300192.508830)

In Gazebo Gmapping starts up with some messages (Laser pose, values of settings,...) until Registering first Scan appears, on the actual robot there is just the warning message after a time.

I really don't know what the problem is and would be glad about any input!

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answered 2015-10-09 06:21:36 -0600

Not sure but on attached log I saw:


but this frame does not appear in your tf tree. I guess this is the frame id set on your scan messages but since it does not exists...

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Yeah, that helped a lot. The Hokuyo node publishes on the wrong frame. For the youbot I now changed the launch file to include:

<node pkg="hokuyo_node" type="hokuyo_node" name="hokuyo_node">
  <param name="frame_id" value="/base_laser_front_link" />
85pando gravatar image 85pando  ( 2015-10-14 03:20:13 -0600 )edit

answered 2020-09-04 07:14:44 -0600

blubbi321 gravatar image

Since Google brought me here it might help others:

I wanted to setup a simulation with gazebo and its hokuyo laser scanner plugin. For gazebo9 (melodic) the entry for frameName is ignored and the simulated scanner will always publish to the hokuyo_link frame. So as soon as this frame is setup in TF (easiest way is to have that link in your URDF) things worked.

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