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"wrong checksum for id and message" when using interrupts to read ultrasonic sensors.

asked 2018-09-25 18:08:09 -0500

benh gravatar image

updated 2018-09-25 18:16:56 -0500

I am using interrupts to read from ultrasonic sensors on a Teensy 3.5 board. When I publish data I get a stream of "wrong checksum for topic id and message" warnings. I will also occasionally get errors:

Mismatched protocol version in packet: lost sync or rosserial_python is from different ros release than the rosserial client

When I increase the delay in my loop the amount of the first error decreases and the second one generally does not occur but the node will eventually crash in any case, displaying:

    Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/my/home/catkin_ws/src/rosserial/rosserial_python/nodes/", line 85, in <module>
  File "/my/home/catkin_ws/src/rosserial/rosserial_python/src/rosserial_python/", line 493, in run
  File "/my/home/catkin_ws/src/rosserial/rosserial_python/src/rosserial_python/", line 107, in handlePacket
  File "/opt/ros/kinetic/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/nav_msgs/msg/", line 225, in deserialize
    raise genpy.DeserializationError(e) #most likely buffer underfill
genpy.message.DeserializationError: unpack requires a string argument of length 4

When I disable the trigger pulse to the ultrasonic sensors or when I detach the interrupts that read the pulse back from the sensors the issues go away. When I comment out all ros publishes the problems (logically) don't happen as well. I have some pretty large publishes such as Odometry and if I comment just that one out the issues decrease drastically but are still present.

Here is the really weird part, if each of the ultrasonic sensors detects a distance of less than a meter there are no issues with 5 ms of delay in the loop function, if there is more than a meter of clear space it takes 50 ms of delay to make the issues go away which is too slow for how often the wheel velocity commands are updating.

I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the interrupts for reading the distance activating during publishing but I have no idea why or how to fix it. The interrupt function looks like this:

void ISR_USreadB2() {
  Threads::Scope m(mylock);
  if (digitalRead(PIN_ECHO_B2))
    B2PulseStart = micros();
    d_b2 = (micros() - B2PulseStart) / PULSE_TO_CM;

The interrupt is attached:

attachInterrupt(digitalPinToInterrupt(PIN_ECHO_B2), ISR_USreadB2, CHANGE);

I know micros() doesn't work great inside of interrupts but it seems to be working decently when I tested outside of ROS.

I am running:

ROS Kinetic Ubuntu 16.04 The code is running on a Teensy 3.5

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answered 2018-09-27 12:07:29 -0500

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I figured out the problem if anyone else has a similar issue. The problem was that I was doing logic with the values (eg d_b2) while the interrupt could possibly be writing to it. To fix this I made the function that handled the ultrasonic values either read the sensors OR do logic with the values and never both at the same time. I went from something like this:

void handleUltrasonic() {

if (USTriggerCount.check()) //timing handled by the Metro library, fires every 50 ms
        ultrasonic.trigger(); //trigger the ultrasonic sensors
        //do logic with the values


void handleUltrasonic() {

if (USTriggerCount.check())
    toggle = !toggle;

    if (toggle)
       //do logic with the values
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Hello Benh, I am also getting the same error that you were getting. I have implemented interrupt for measuring the velocity from two motors, and I have also also one large message coming from IMU. When i comment the IMU part, i do not get any error messages but when i use IMU also, I get frequent wrong checksum for id and msg. Do you have some suggestions for me?

pravin1 gravatar image pravin1  ( 2019-06-01 08:49:45 -0500 )edit

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