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data_recorder node missing from rtabmap_ros package [closed]

asked 2016-01-23 04:51:25 -0500

Audren Cloitre gravatar image

updated 2016-01-23 05:44:48 -0500


I recently installed rtabmap_ros and rtabmap on Ubuntu 14.04, using apt-get:

sudo apt-get install ros-indigo-rtabmap-ros
sudo apt-get install ros-indigo-rtabmap

I would like to record stereo images to a database, as is done in this sample launch file. However, I noticed that the node "data_recorder" is missing.

rosrun rtabmap_ros data_recorder
[rosrun] Couldn't find executable named data_recorder below /opt/ros/indigo/share/rtabmap_ros

The only nodes available from rtabmap_ros are the following:

rosrun rtabmap_ros 
camera              grid_map_assembler  map_optimizer       rtabmap             stereo_odometry     
data_player         map_assembler       rgbd_odometry       rtabmapviz

Am I missing a library to build this node? I did not receive any error or warning when downloading the packages from apt-get and my system is up-to-date.

Alternatively, is there another package that can build a database of stereo images to use with rtabmap odometry viewer tool?

Best Regards,


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Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by Audren Cloitre
close date 2016-01-23 07:48:55.656931


rtabmap_ros/CMakeLists.txt defines a bunch of executables, but data_recorder is not one of them. Perhaps report?

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2016-01-23 06:44:46 -0500 )edit

Thanks a lot! You confirmed the problem was not related to my installation. I found a work-around and posted it in the answer section. I will also report the issue so that the wiki page can be updated.

Audren Cloitre gravatar image Audren Cloitre  ( 2016-01-23 07:48:36 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-01-23 07:46:22 -0500

Audren Cloitre gravatar image

updated 2016-01-23 07:46:53 -0500

As gvdhoorn pointed out, the executable data_recorder is not listed in the CMakeLists file and therefore, is not built into the package.

A way around is to adapt the sample launch file data_recorder.launch to your needs. I tested it on my system and it works perfectly.

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For info, issue is reported here:

matlabbe gravatar image matlabbe  ( 2016-01-23 10:31:15 -0500 )edit

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