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Correct usage of socketcan_interface - hex2dec

asked 2017-04-07 01:07:50 -0500

rmck gravatar image

I've recently started using the socketCAN_interface component of ros_canopen to get data from a Kuebler encoder. My code is relatively straight forward, I receive messages on a particular CAN-ID using the following:

    can::CommInterface::FrameListener::Ptr one_frame = driver.createMsgListener(can::MsgHeader(0x101), handleFrame101);

Which calls the following method, writing data to a float which is a global variable:

void handleFrame101(const can::Frame &f){
        // handle specific frame
        std::string frame = can::tostring(f, true); //Break frame into string to extract data
        std::string data = frame.substr(frame.find("#")+1);
        //Check if data matches expected data length from frame, length/2 as dlc is hex (2 bytes per char)
        if( (data.length()/2) == int(f.dlc) ){
            uint64_t output;
            std::stringstream ss;
            ss << std::hex << data;
            ss >> output;
            extension = output;
            extension = 0;

I'm wondering if there's a better way to do this, it seems ridiculous to decode the hex myself when there's an inbuilt function in socketcan_interface to do so. However, I was never able to get it to take and compile successfully. Is it an internal only function? I'm not very familiar with C++ so the documentation wasn't clear.

I'm running ubuntu 14.04 and Indigo.

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answered 2017-04-07 12:06:33 -0500

ReedHedges gravatar image

You can probably just use Frame::data directly rather that converting to a printable text string representation, it's an array of 8-bit bytes. Find documentation for boost::array to find out how to get the data out. (e.g. I think boost::array::data() is just a pointer to the internal storage which is a C array, which can be statically recast to other data types such as uint64_t if you are sure it has at least 8 bytes.) Or you can iterate over the data array and assemble your 64-bit number.

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Exactly! Frame::data can be used like regular arrays, e.g.[i]

boost:array is used to get proper bounds checking.

Mathias Lüdtke gravatar image Mathias Lüdtke  ( 2017-04-08 04:09:43 -0500 )edit

So if I want to translate the hex array to a float or uint I should just iterate over it and recast it?

rmck gravatar image rmck  ( 2017-04-09 17:33:52 -0500 )edit

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