RPI3: Trying to cv::imwrite to external usb

asked 2017-03-15 05:01:41 -0500

Agju gravatar image

updated 2017-03-15 05:02:17 -0500

I'm trying to save an image received from a callback to an external USB drive using OpenCV3.1 cv::imwrite.

I have mounted the USB into /media/usb with ownership to "pi", and I can move/copy/delete files using CLI without the need of "su" nor "sudo", so I think I did it right.

The problem is that when I try to save an image using cv::imwrite, it simply does not save. I added a ROS_ASSERT to the cv::imwrite, and the node simply shutsdown. I also looked at the logs, but cannot find anything relevant because the node simply shutsdown.

Here's the code:

bool camera::takeScreenshotService(std_srvs::Trigger::Request &req, std_srvs::Trigger::Response &res)
    time_t now;
    struct tm* current_time = localtime(&now);
    char buffer[256];
    strftime(buffer, sizeof(buffer), "%Y-%m-%d_%T", current_time);
    std::string current_time_s(buffer);
    std::string image_name = save_image_path + current_time_s + image_extension;

    ROS_ASSERT( cv::imwrite(image_name, image_rec) );

    res.success = true;
    return true;

image_rec is received in the camera callback, and save_image_path and image_extension are global parameters. All these are set correctly, because when I change the path to a "local" path (like /home/pi) it works flawlessly.

Is it possible that I need to change or modify the ownership or persmissions when mounting the USB in order to be able to save files using ROS?

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This is most likely not ROS specific. Can you create a minimal test program that tries to save a file on your usb storage device? If that uses the same code and also "simply does not save", then that would point to something else.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2017-03-15 13:55:22 -0500 )edit

I have created a very simple program using "fopen" and it works flawlessly also: I'm able to write a "file.txt" directly to the USB drive. I think that maybe when "launching" ROS the user/permissions are not the same as running a program directly from CL

Agju gravatar image Agju  ( 2017-03-16 03:49:36 -0500 )edit