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How to stop gazebo publishing tf

asked 2016-03-21 04:29:25 -0600

updated 2016-03-21 04:30:16 -0600

Hi, all!

Now I'm testing the node /robot_pose_ekf with gazebo simulator. And I have already let /gazebo publish IMU and odometry data to /robot_pose_ekf. Also, /robot_pose_ekf is connected to tf.

However, when I checked the tf tree I found that the transform from odom -> base_footprint was provided by /gazebo but I want it to be /robot_pose_ekf.

I guess it is because both /gazebo and /robot_pose_ekf are publishing /tf. Hence, I think stopping /gazebo publishing /tf can be a possible solution. FYI, I'm using GMapping which subscribes to /tf to provide SLAM functions.

Can anyone tell me how to stop gazebo publishing tf? Or any other solutions to my problem?

Thank you in advance!

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An alternative approach is to keep the odom->base_footprint as it is and compensate the odometry drift by adjusting the transform world->odom or map->odom then you just consider the transform world->base_footprint as robot pose. AFAIK this is what happens when you perform localization using i.e AMCL

Mehdi. gravatar image Mehdi.  ( 2016-03-21 04:42:24 -0600 )edit

Thanks to your advice, Mehdi. But actually I have a laser scanner used to provide map -> odom. And my goal is to let robot_pose_ekf provide odom -> base_footprint instead of /gazebo itself. The reason why I stick to this is because I have to check if robot_pose_ekf can be used with GMapping.

Clack gravatar image Clack  ( 2016-03-21 05:26:13 -0600 )edit

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answered 2016-03-21 06:22:41 -0600

DavidN gravatar image

Use remapping method to map from tf to something like gazebo_tf, just add the remapping tags: <remap from="tf" to="gazebo_tf"/> in the launch file of the empty world.

For example:

<node name="gazebo" pkg="gazebo_ros" type="gzserver" respawn="false" output="screen" args="-e ode worlds/" > <remap from="tf" to="gazebo_tf"/> </node>

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Thanks a lot! I'll have a try tomorrow as soon as I get back to my lab :)

Clack gravatar image Clack  ( 2016-03-21 09:15:30 -0600 )edit

It works! Thank you so much!

Clack gravatar image Clack  ( 2016-03-22 02:26:13 -0600 )edit

What confused me is that although I add <remap from="tf" to="gazebo_tf"/> as you mentioned, tf odom still exist.

<include file="$(find gazebo_ros)/launch/empty_world.launch">
    <arg name="world_name" value="$(find autonomus_transport_industrial_system)/worlds/"/>
    <arg name="paused" value="false"/>
    <arg name="use_sim_time" value="true"/>
    <arg name="gui" value="true"/>
    <arg name="headless" value="false"/>
    <arg name="debug" value="false"/>
    <remap from="tf" to="gazebo_tf"/>

rostopic info tf display:

    Type: tf2_msgs/TFMessage

 * /robot_state_publisher (http://localhost:46447/)
 * /camera_front (http://localhost:35855/)
 * /camera_right (http://localhost:43249/)
 * /camera_left (http://localhost:33375/)
 * /gazebo (http://localhost:37939/)

 * /rviz (http://localhost:33813/)
lifuguan gravatar image lifuguan  ( 2020-08-03 00:56:23 -0600 )edit

@lifuguan remap does not work inside the include tags. Either put it inside the node like @DavidN shows, or before the includes.

shrini96 gravatar image shrini96  ( 2023-02-07 08:44:52 -0600 )edit

answered 2018-08-21 00:54:45 -0600

Subodh Malgonde gravatar image

If your are using a differential drive controller plugin for your robot then you can prevent Gazebo from publishing the odom transfrom by setting publishOdomTF to false

    <plugin name="differential_drive_controller" filename="">
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answered 2016-03-22 02:30:23 -0600

updated 2016-03-22 02:31:31 -0600

Thanks to DavidN, my problem is solved :)

Now the node /robot_pose_ekf is providing the transform odom -> base_footprint instead of /gazebo.

FYI, my modification to /opt/ros/indigo/share/gazebo_ros/launch/empty_world.launch is a little bit different than what DavidN has mentioned:

<!-- start gazebo server-->
  <node name="gazebo" pkg="gazebo_ros" type="gzserver" respawn="false" output="screen" 
    args="$(arg command_arg1) $(arg command_arg2) $(arg command_arg3) $(arg world_name)">    
  <remap from="tf" to="gazebo_tf"/> 
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请问一下老哥最后是怎么解决的呀,我碰到一模一样的问题 谢谢~ 修改完后之后 tf的确去除掉了,但是 gazebo小车模型在不停的抖动

stevekung gravatar image stevekung  ( 2020-12-23 01:53:18 -0600 )edit

In most cases, the robot model shaking because you are providing more than one odometry.

SeanZ gravatar image SeanZ  ( 2021-01-12 02:09:46 -0600 )edit

answered 2020-09-24 08:54:36 -0600

Beft9 gravatar image

Acctually, odom is published by diff_control_drive. you can check in here . if you make its enable_odom_tf parameter false, it wont publish odom no more. if you are using husky it is in the control.yaml.

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