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stdout to stdin pipe using launch-prefix?

asked 2017-09-19 13:44:32 -0500

lucasw gravatar image

updated 2020-11-21 12:17:21 -0500

I'd like to use launch-prefix to pipe the stdout of a program (netcat) to the stdin of a ros node.

It works fine when launched from rosrun:

netcat 8001 | rosrun foo

I can also copy the command line that roslaunch generates (determined by ps -aux | grep and run that successfully, but when run in the launch file the stdout from netcat is sent to the stdout of the roslaunch terminal if output="screen" (or nowhere if not, or a log file?), and the node itself never starts.

<node name="stdin_to_msg" pkg="foo" type=""
    launch-prefix="netcat 8001 |" output="screen"/>

Probably I can wrap this in a bash script and run that from roslaunch, but I'm curious if there is an in-launch solution.

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answered 2017-09-19 20:07:11 -0500

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For what you're trying to do it would require roslaunch to do string concatenation and then execute it in bash. For using subprocesses that's generally not recommended due to potential security vulnerabilities. It instead is directly calling the executables and appending arguments directly.

If you do want to do the piping and other bashisms writing your stuff into a bash script is what I would recommend.

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