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Rosbridgelb: Received a message without op

asked 2017-12-22 08:08:43 -0500

AbbasSidaoui gravatar image

updated 2017-12-22 08:27:43 -0500

I'm using ROSBridgelb to publish "OccupancyGrid Message" from Unity to ROS. However I'm always getting the "Received a message without op" error. I made sure that there is no problem with all brackets, quotation marks, commas and periods. Any help?

A screenshot of the error can be found here:

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answered 2017-12-22 09:06:47 -0500

updated 2017-12-22 09:15:57 -0500

Hi @AbbasSidaoui !

According to the ROS Bridge Protocol, when sending message to ROS Bridge you have to specify the op (Operation) field.

If you look at the link above, you will see the example message:

{ "op": "subscribe",
  "topic": "/cmd_vel",
  "type": "geometry_msgs/Twist"

In this message, the Operation is subscribe, which means that this ROS Bridge Client is telling ROS Bridge that he wants to subscribe to the /cmd_vel topic which publish messages of type geometry_msgs/Twist.

Looking at the error message on the picture, we can see that there is a "op": "publish", so this doesn't seen to be the problem.

What I would do in this case is try to print the "keys" of the message to see if there is a key named "op" like in the example below:

message = { "op": "subscribe",
  "topic": "/cmd_vel",
  "type": "geometry_msgs/Twist"

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Hello Ruben, Thanks for your help! Is there any other way to check? When trying to use "Object.Keys()", this error appears: 'Object' does not contain a definition for 'keys' . contains a screenshot of the function generating the msg

AbbasSidaoui gravatar image AbbasSidaoui  ( 2017-12-25 06:19:44 -0500 )edit

answered 2019-03-07 12:18:31 -0500

Hello, @AbbasSidaoui . I think this is too late to help you, but I hope to help someone like me, who googled with the error message.

The main cause of this strange error message is there is currently no error handler for partial/multiple/broken json data. This is mentioned in source code as a comment.

So, any partial/multiple/broken json data' error is catched by this part and this causes the error message:"Received a message without op."

In your case, I can see your typo in your screenshot, "frame_id" = "map". I think this was the cause.

To determine where is the typo, I recommend to put your message into json.loads() in json library of python since it is used by rosbridge_library to parse JSON.

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