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Roslibjs don't get goal result on client

asked 2015-11-17 01:13:50 -0500

Fry gravatar image

I have a simple ActionLib server, and a roslib js client very similar to the tutorials. When I launch my client in chrome, I see printed in the console:

Connected to websocket server

I can also see in the terminal that I launched my cpp server in:

^CMacBook-Pro-2:ros_ws Fry$ rosrun cpp_action_server_pkg cmd_server
[ INFO] [1447742973.282337000]: cmd: Executing, creating fibonacci sequence of order 7 with seeds 0, 1
[ INFO] [1447742980.283698000]: cmd: Succeeded

So far so good. However, despite the "Suceeded", my js code

goal.on('result', function(result) {
             console.log('Final Result: ' + result.sequence);

is apparently never called, as I never see 'Final Result:" in my (Chrome) browser console. I see no errors printed out in my roscore terminal, my actionlib server terminal, my rosbridge terminal, nor my browser console.

My full client page is:

 <!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head>
     <meta charset="utf-8" />
     <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
     <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

     <script type="text/javascript" type="text/javascript">
       var ros = new ROSLIB.Ros({
             url : 'ws://localhost:9090'

        var cmdClient = new ROSLIB.ActionClient({
              ros : ros,
              serverName : '/cmd',
              actionName : 'cpp_action_server_pkg/CmdAction'

        var goal = new ROSLIB.Goal({
              actionClient : cmdClient,
              goalMessage  : { order : 7}

        goal.on('feedback', function(feedback) {
              console.log('Feedback: ' + feedback.sequence);

        goal.on('result', function(result) {
              console.log('Final Result: ' + result.sequence);

        ros.on('connection', function() {
              console.log('Connected to websocket server.2');

        ros.on('error', function(error) {
              console.log('Error connecting to websocket server: ', error);

        ros.on('close', function() {
              console.log('Connection to websocket server closed.');


  <body>    <h1>Cmd ActionClient
 Example</h1>    <p>Check the Web
 Console for output</p>  </body>

My full cpp server code is:

#include <ros/ros.h>
#include <actionlib/server/simple_action_server.h>
#include <cpp_action_server_pkg/CmdAction.h>

class CmdAction

  ros::NodeHandle nh_;
  actionlib::SimpleActionServer<cpp_action_server_pkg::CmdAction> as_; // NodeHandle instance must be created before this line. Otherwise strange error occurs.
  std::string action_name_;
  // create messages that are used to published feedback/result
  cpp_action_server_pkg::CmdFeedback feedback_;
  cpp_action_server_pkg::CmdResult result_;


  CmdAction(std::string name) :
    as_(nh_, name, boost::bind(&CmdAction::executeCB, this, _1), false),


  void executeCB(const cpp_action_server_pkg::CmdGoalConstPtr &goal)
    // helper variables
    ros::Rate r(1);
    bool success = true;

    // push_back the seeds for the fibonacci sequence

    // publish info to the console for the user
    ROS_INFO("%s: Executing, creating fibonacci sequence of order %i with seeds %i, %i", action_name_.c_str(), goal->order, feedback_.sequence[0], feedback_.sequence[1]);

    // start executing the action
    for(int i=1; i<=goal->order; i++)
      // check that preempt has not been requested by the client
      if (as_.isPreemptRequested() || !ros::ok())
        ROS_INFO("%s: Preempted", action_name_.c_str());
        // set the action state to preempted
        success = false;
      feedback_.sequence.push_back(feedback_.sequence[i] + feedback_.sequence[i-1]); //the 1 line of actual work!
      // publish the feedback
      // this sleep is not necessary, the ...
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Hm. To me everything looks normal but I'm not a js expert. What comes in my mind is, that your objects get garbage collected after calling goal.send(); but this is just a wild guess.

BennyRe gravatar image BennyRe  ( 2015-11-17 01:41:32 -0500 )edit

If you rostopic echo /cmd/result does your result get printed out correctly?

rtoris288 gravatar image rtoris288  ( 2015-11-17 11:57:42 -0500 )edit

@Fry Did you solved this?

lorepieri gravatar image lorepieri  ( 2021-06-29 05:50:41 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-11-17 15:00:27 -0500

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updated 2015-11-17 15:09:32 -0500

Defective Comments only allow a few characters so I had to make my long-winded response to Benny Re and rtoris an answer. BennyRe gets 2 points for thinking outside the box. However, GC in JS probably doesn't change much and presumably the implementors of ROSlibjs got it working at least at some point. However, rtoris288 has a provocative clue. rostopic echo /cmd/result prints out nothing, it just hangs until I control to get the prompt back. More clues: rostopic list prints out:

MacBook-Pro-2:ros_ws Fry$ rostopic list

The arguments to rostopic echo that give me no printout and just hang are: /cmd/cancel, /cmd/feedback, /cmd/goal, /cmd/result, /rosout_agg The ones that give me information are:


Lots of iterations of : header: seq: 4853 stamp: secs: 1447793529 nsecs: 985096000 frame_id: '' status_list:

    secs: 1447792658
    nsecs: 138962000
  id: goal_0.9185599682386965_1447792657624
status: 3
text: ''

/rosout :

header: seq: 1 stamp: secs: 1447792665 nsecs: 142908000 frame_id: '' level: 2 name: /cmd msg: cmd: Succeeded file: /Users/Fry/ros_ws/src/cpp_action_server_pkg/src/cmd_server.cpp function: executeCB line: 65

topics: ['/rosout', '/cmd/result', '/cmd/feedback', '/cmd/status']

header: seq: 2 stamp: secs: 1447792579 nsecs: 366230010 frame_id: '' level: 2 name: /rosapi msg: Rosapi started file: rosapi_node function: <module> line: 175

topics: ['/rosout']

header: seq: 7 stamp: secs: 1447793337 nsecs: 16545057 frame_id: '' level: 4 name: /rosbridge_websocket msg: Inbound TCP/IP connection failed: connection from sender terminated before handshake header received. 0 bytes were received. Please check sender for additional details. file: function: _tcp_server_callback line: 351 topics: ['/cmd/result', '/rosout', '/cmd/goal', '/cmd/status', '/cmd/feedback', '/cmd/cancel']

So it looks like there is at least one problem that doesn't have to do with the browser.

PS: ^CMacBook-Pro-2:ros_ws Fry$ printenv | grep ROS

ROS_ROOT=/opt/ros/indigo/share/ros ROS_PACKAGE_PATH=/Users/Fry/ros_ws/src:/opt/ros/indigo/share:/opt/ros/indigo/stacks ROS_MASTER_URI=http://localhost:11311 ROSLISP_PACKAGE_DIRECTORIES=/Users/Fry/ros_ws/devel/share/common-lisp ROS_DISTRO=indigo ROS_ETC_DIR=/opt/ros/indigo/etc/ros

This is not an answer but more of a thickening of the plot :-(

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Does your action server work with the axclient?

BennyRe gravatar image BennyRe  ( 2015-11-18 07:40:26 -0500 )edit

Good idea! I just tried it. After some CMakeList.txt tweaking, I have a cpp client working, but the JS client still doesn't get the return value.

Fry gravatar image Fry  ( 2015-11-20 01:36:47 -0500 )edit

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