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How can geometry_msgs::Point use push_back()?

asked 2018-05-02 23:26:49 -0600

harderthan gravatar image

Hello, guys.

I'm trying to study rviz with tutorials provided by ros wiki. I built a sample of document using catkin_make, saw the result.

On the line of this sample codes,

visualization_msgs::Marker points, line_strip, line_list;
for(ellipsis) {
    geometry_msgs::Point p;
    p.x = (int32_t)i - 50;
    p.y = y;
    p.z = z;


How can the variable of geometry_msgs::Point type use push_back()?

I saw it's msg header on the link
It is just msg consist of 3 variables of float64 type. The function, push_back(), It appears to be used like push_back of stl.

Could you tell me how this works?

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answered 2018-05-03 05:24:15 -0600

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visualization_msgs/Marker contains a points field, which is of type geometry_msgs/Point[]. That is an unbounded array (== list) of geometry_msgs/Points.

Lists in the ROS msg IDL are mapped to std::vectors for C++ (see wiki/msg - Message Description Specification - Array handling).

And std::vector has a push_back(..) method that in this case will take geometry_msgs/Point.

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Thank you.

harderthan gravatar image harderthan  ( 2018-05-14 21:46:53 -0600 )edit

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