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How can I check if a service exists from Python?

asked 2017-06-01 12:30:27 -0500

BJP gravatar image

updated 2017-06-01 13:37:19 -0500

This question has an answer for roscpp; what is the equivalent solution for Python?

EDIT: I do not want to wait for the service. I want to take one action if the service exists and a different action if it doesn't exist.

A hack might be to wrap a wait_for_service call in a try/catch to catch a ROSException and verify that that ROSException was a timeout, but that's very ugly and I'm not sure what the minimum required timeout should be to ensure that extant topics do not cause the Exception.

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answered 2017-06-02 00:59:25 -0500

Zubin Priyansh gravatar image

updated 2017-06-03 04:14:33 -0500

There is a function in the rospy API to get a list of services:

I guess this would return a list of all registered services and you could check if the service you are waiting for is in this list.

Edit: I haven't tested the API call I linked in the original answer. I used

It works for me:

>>> import rosservice
>>> service_list = rosservice.get_service_list()
>>> print service_list
['/rosout/set_logger_level', '/rosout/get_loggers']
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Have you tried this?

NEngelhard gravatar image NEngelhard  ( 2017-06-03 03:48:14 -0500 )edit

@NEngelhard I had successfully gotten a list of services in rospy, but now I realize it wasn't with this particular API call. I used this call: . I should edit my answer accordingly.

Zubin Priyansh gravatar image Zubin Priyansh  ( 2017-06-03 04:10:13 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-06-01 12:43:19 -0500

NEngelhard gravatar image

updated 2017-06-01 12:43:55 -0500

Please at least read the wiki page (wiki.ros: Services) before opening a question here. The section

"(...) Wait until a service becomes available. You can optionally specify a timeout (in seconds) to wait for, in which case a ROSException is raised if the timeout is exceeded."

is hard to miss.

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That doesn't answer the question. I want to take one action if a service is available and a different action if the service is not available.

BJP gravatar image BJP  ( 2017-06-01 13:33:59 -0500 )edit

Why do you think that the approach is "very ugly"? If you want to speed up the test, you still can look at the implementation and use the rosgraph.Master directly.

NEngelhard gravatar image NEngelhard  ( 2017-06-01 13:54:17 -0500 )edit

It's very ugly for (at least) three reasons: 1) that's not what wait_for_service is designed to do, 2) it's bad practice to catch an exception in unexceptional circumstances (when no error has occurred), and 3) the timeout duration selection issue.

BJP gravatar image BJP  ( 2017-06-01 14:23:05 -0500 )edit

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