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'double' is not a supported type in ROS messages?

asked 2019-05-13 23:57:48 -0500

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updated 2019-05-14 03:36:09 -0500

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Hello all, I meet two issues for the data type delcaration: Q1: I define the message in the svr file as below--but when I check the srv by rossrv show I got error message like:

unknown srv type... Cannot locate message [double] in package with paths... blablabla..

So I can not define double type data in srv file? instead uint32 works OK.. But ROS should support double , correct?

 uint8 Number    #0/1/2/3
 string Name     
 bool  In_Out      #(true) Out(False)
 double TimeStamp       #double??
 double Duration        #double??
 string Feedback        
 bool PaySucc

Q2: In the relevant Server.cpp file, I define a struct data class as below, but this time the IDE (I am using QT creator w/ROS plugin) report that unknow type of "string", and double is support instead..

This really confused me.. is this the QTcreator issue? BTW, is there a standard data type roscpp support can refer to?

typedef struct Req
    uint8_t Number;    //0/1/2/3
    string Name;    
    bool IN_OUT;     //(true) Out(False)
    double TimeStamp;      //double??
    double Duration;       //double??
    string Feedback;        
    bool Succ;               //Success(true) Fail (false)

} Req;
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answered 2019-05-14 01:43:35 -0500

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updated 2019-05-14 05:38:52 -0500

For Q1, see #q205541 and the link to this page therein. In short: in msg/srv definition you need to use float64 as this is a "ROS built-in type". Those are used to autogenerate the code for different languages. In C++ use double.

Q2: this is expected behavior, as you are now using C++. This is, double is a C++ primitive type, whereas string is not. Use std::string instead. No fault with QTCreator there.


std::string is the C++ string type, whereas std_msgs::String is the C++ representation of a ROS standard message that only contains a string (ROS built-in type) / std::string (C++ type) as a field. Check the std_msgs/String message definition here.

I.e., manipulating the respective data field of the std_msgs::String with c_str() will work.

E.g. (using std::strings empty() method for sake of brevity)

std_msgs::String string_msg;
std::string cpp_string;
cpp_string.empty(); // compiles
string_msg.empty();  // does not compile; // compiles
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@mgruhler Thanks so much. This is exactly what I want to find--simple and strightforward.. Yes follow your suggestion I solve the issue quickly.. One additional questions: What is the difference between std::string and std_msgs:String? my initial understand is the 1st one is c++ type and 2nd one is ROS override type? but looks not that simple. Some small experience that I can manipulate std::string by using c_str() but can not do that to std_msgs:String..

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