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asked 2016-07-18 08:04:48 -0600

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updated 2016-07-19 03:42:42 -0600

I'm subscribing to /camera/depth/image topic, after some processing I want to publish it again but in different rate.

I'm already trying to do it using some code but I didn't succeed yet. (Publishing is working)

I found a very short answer that I'm trying to follow but not very clear enough. Here


I found a solution in throttle package, but I don't get really exactly the rate I input which is g_period=msgs_per_sec in the package:

The rate I get is:

rostopic hz /depth_output 

average rate: 15.018
    min: 0.063s max: 0.069s std dev: 0.00187s window: 14

Here is it:

ros::Time g_last_time;
ros::Duration g_period;

g_period = ros::Duration(1.0/20); //msgs_per_sec

ros::Time now;
now = ros::Time::now();
if((now - g_last_time) > g_period)
   g_last_time = now;
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answered 2016-07-19 04:28:10 -0600

updated 2016-07-19 04:29:13 -0600

You can use ros::Rate where frequency is the desired frequency.

// Run at the configured rate, discarding msgs if necessary

ros::Rate rate(frequency);

//main loop

while (ros::ok())

  if (std::abs((rate.expectedCycleTime() - ros::Duration(1.0 / frequency)).toSec()) > 0.001)
      // Change rate dynamically; if must be above 0, as 0 will provoke a segfault on next spinOnce
      ROS_DEBUG("Changing frequency from %.2f to %.2f", 1.0 / rate.expectedCycleTime().toSec(), frequency);
      rate = ros::Rate(frequency);

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