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rviz doesn't visualize the Markers

asked 2016-01-26 09:06:20 -0600

updated 2016-01-26 09:08:25 -0600

Hello ! I am learning currently to use Point and Line Markers by the tutorials. And, I am confused what it is a mistake in my code, because there were not any errors in the compilation. My implementation should show points and line, but rviz could get the name of Fixed Frame only. The scene is empty without any markers.. The code is..

#include <ros/ros.h>
#include <visualization_msgs/Marker.h>
#include <iostream>
#include <ros/console.h>
#include <cmath>

int main(int argc, char** argv)
ros::init(argc, argv, "voronoi_2D_node"); 
ros::NodeHandle n;
ros::Publisher voronoi_pub = n.advertise<visualization_msgs::Marker>("visual_marker_pub", 10);
ros::Rate r(30);

while (ros::ok())
visualization_msgs::Marker line, point;
line.header.frame_id = point.header.frame_id = "/my_frame";
line.ns = point.ns = "voronoi_2D_node";
point.action = visualization_msgs::Marker::ADD;
line.action = visualization_msgs::Marker::ADD;
line.pose.orientation.w = point.pose.orientation.w = 1.0;
//line.header.stamp = point.header.stamp = ros::Time();
//line.lifetime = point.lifetime = ros::Duration(); = 0; = 1;

point.type = visualization_msgs::Marker::POINTS;
line.type = visualization_msgs::Marker::LINE_STRIP;

point.scale.x = 0.2;
point.scale.y = 0.2;

line.scale.x = 0.1;

point.color.g = 1.0f;
point.color.a = 1.0;

line.color.b = 1.0;
line.color.a = 1.0; 

//point.pose.position.x = 0;
//point.pose.position.y = 0;
//point.pose.position.z = 0;

//line.pose.position.x = 0;
//line.pose.position.y = 1;
//line.pose.position.z = 0;

for (uint32_t i=0; i<2; ++i)
geometry_msgs::Point p;
p.x = i;
p.y = 0.5;
p.z = 0.5;


//ROS::INFO("The coordinates: x=[%d] , y=[%d] , z=[%d]", p.x, p.y, p.z);
std::cout<<"The coordinates: "<<p<<std::endl;




The output is .. (in the terminal):

The coordinates: x: 0
y: 0.5
z: 0.5

The coordinates: x: 1
y: 0.5
z: 0.5

Do you know what kind of a reason can be if rviz doesn't illustrate the markers?

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answered 2016-01-26 10:21:04 -0600

Everything looked good to me. So I just tested your code and the markers popped up in rviz no problem. I'm guessing that your problem is most likely related to the Fixed Frame in rviz. If you are only running your node and rviz, then there are no nodes publishing on the /tf topic (via a tf broadcaster). Thus rviz has no way of knowing what frames are available. Try manually typing my_frame in for the Fixed Frame in rviz, and I'm guessing your markers will show up.

To see that this is the issue, try starting a static transform publisher. Then rviz will be able to correctly select a fixed frame. E.g.:

rosrun tf2_ros static_transform_publisher 0 0 0 0 0 0 world my_frame
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Jarvis, I ran the static tf too ... But, there are no any markers in rviz. Thank you for testing my code. Now, I know that it works )

dyupleks gravatar image dyupleks  ( 2016-01-26 19:53:47 -0600 )edit

Did you add the markers on the correct topic (/visual_marker_pub) to the display?

jarvisschultz gravatar image jarvisschultz  ( 2016-01-26 22:59:29 -0600 )edit

That's right! I didnt add the Market Topic )) By default, there was /visualization_marker. When I clicked twice on the dropdownlist, my topic's name ( /visual_marker_pub ) popped up )) Thank you, Jarvis

dyupleks gravatar image dyupleks  ( 2016-01-27 06:00:46 -0600 )edit

answered 2018-02-06 07:20:57 -0600

Sarthak gravatar image

In case, the above-mentioned solutions do not work, just check whether you have selected the right frame-id on the screen of rviz. This was the error that I also faced, you will have to change it to the frame id that you have mentioned while creating markers. By default, I think it is set to /map.

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Thank u for ur contribution :)

dyupleks gravatar image dyupleks  ( 2018-02-09 22:52:50 -0600 )edit

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