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Is autocompletion supported for rosbag record?

asked 2019-03-02 06:27:49 -0500

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updated 2019-03-02 06:28:16 -0500

I was trying to record a bag file using rosbag record /my_topic. However, apparently, there is not autocompletion for the topics, if I click on the tab key, after having written rosbag record. Is this the normal behaviour? Actually, I can see the ROS topics (including the ones I am interested in recording) by issuing the command rostopic list. Autocompletion seems to be working for other commands.

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answered 2019-03-03 08:21:31 -0500

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I tried it on my machine. On ROS Melodic, the current autocompletion behaviour of rosbag record and other subcommands of rosbag is to insert a file name, so when you press the tab key, the computer inserts the name of the only file in the current directory or shows you a list of the files in the directory if you have more than one file. Nothing will be inserted if you don't have any file in the current directory.

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Ok, but I would like the autocompletion to work for existing ROS topics, not folder names.

nbro gravatar image nbro  ( 2019-03-03 08:23:47 -0500 )edit

I am not sure of how tab completion is configured, but I think this would have to be done by the developers of ROS. You may be able to configure it manually too, so I recommend you check online for how to do that.

holadepo gravatar image holadepo  ( 2019-03-03 08:39:45 -0500 )edit

I just learnt that tab completion for ROS utilities is enabled by the rosbash package. You can check this page for more information.

holadepo gravatar image holadepo  ( 2019-03-03 09:10:35 -0500 )edit

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