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Problem with running json-prolog:prolog to query an owl file

asked 2017-09-07 10:31:17 -0500

aAsoodeh gravatar image


I have a cram project running with Ros. i simply want to query an owl file and receive results in cram.

Knowrob is installed on my system and i can run rosrun rosprolog rosprolog knowrob_common examples.

Based on limited documentations and available codes, to query the owl file, i came up with the following code

(json-prolog:prolog '("rdf_has" ?owlname ""("literal")))

i received

; Evaluation aborted on #<SB-KERNEL:CASE-FAILURE expected-type: (OR STRING ROSLISP::URI) datum: NIL>.

i tried every permutation to place owl address, variable and owl command. same error showed up in all cases.

Moreover, by running (json-prolog:check-connection) i have the following error

[(JSON-PROLOG) WARN] 1504631904.665: Node is not running.

I am not sure which node i should run and is it neccessary in order to query the owl file?


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answered 2017-09-07 11:19:18 -0500

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updated 2017-09-07 11:24:43 -0500


Well, as your warning message suggests, your ROS node is not running. Without a ROS node you cannot do any ROS communication with other nodes. Simply start a new node:

(roslisp:start-ros-node "my_awesome_node")

and try the query again.

I have a suspicion, though, that the ("literal") clause will create problems. For beginners I usually suggest to use the json-prolog:prolog-simple query, which simply accepts a string instead of a list with the query and parameters as json-prolog:prolog does. E.g.:

(json-prolog:prolog-simple "rdf_has(OWLNAME, '', OTHERVAR).")

Edit: in case you're interested to know what the correct version of your original query is, this is how I would write it:

(json-prolog:prolog '("rdf_has" ?owlname "" ("literal" ?var)))
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answered 2017-09-11 07:48:32 -0500

aAsoodeh gravatar image

Thanks Gaya,

I tried starting ros node. this is the result:

[(ROSLISP TOP) INFO] 1504894025.528: Node name is /my_awesome_node

[(ROSLISP TOP) INFO] 1504894025.528: Namespace is /

[(ROSLISP TOP) INFO] 1504894025.528: Params are NIL

[(ROSLISP TOP) INFO] 1504894025.528: Remappings are:

[(ROSLISP TOP) INFO] 1504894025.529: master URI is

[(ROSLISP TOP) INFO] 1504894026.547: Node startup complete


And when i tried check connenction it is still nil but there is no "Node is not running." Any idea?


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Well, this looks fine. Your json prolog query still doesn't give the expected results?

gaya gravatar image gaya  ( 2017-09-11 07:55:10 -0500 )edit

No it said ros-rpc call failed with code -1, message no provider, values. [Condition of type ROSLISP::ROS-RPC-ERROR]

aAsoodeh gravatar image aAsoodeh  ( 2017-09-11 08:08:40 -0500 )edit

You need a json_prolog node service provider running. Such that when you do "rosservice list" it shows up in the list (as "json_prolog/query")

gaya gravatar image gaya  ( 2017-09-11 08:27:33 -0500 )edit

Thanks @gaya. right now i have the connection and service. the error that i have this time when i tried prolog-simple example is "Prolog query failed: Got error: The value RDF_HAS is not of type LIST.. [Condition of type SIMPLE-ERROR]" any idea?

aAsoodeh gravatar image aAsoodeh  ( 2017-09-12 09:08:35 -0500 )edit

also i have [(JSON-PROLOG) WARN] 1505226166.532: Service call failed. [(JSON-PROLOG) WARN] 1505226166.532: Retrying...

aAsoodeh gravatar image aAsoodeh  ( 2017-09-12 09:25:28 -0500 )edit

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