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[ROS2] Is it possible to listen and subscribe to newly created topic in C++?

asked 2019-08-08 14:27:21 -0500

ahtsan gravatar image

updated 2019-08-08 14:27:31 -0500

Not sure if it's possible programmatically.

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answered 2019-08-08 16:16:30 -0500

tfoote gravatar image

updated 2019-08-08 16:27:17 -0500

Yes, you can dynamically create new subscriptions in c++ at run time.

Use the create_subscription method on Node

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How about discovering new topics that are created during run time?

ahtsan gravatar imageahtsan ( 2019-08-08 16:17:14 -0500 )edit

Sure. You can get the list of topics and their types that have been discovered at any time from the API.

See (search for “introspecting the ROS graph”)

tfoote gravatar imagetfoote ( 2019-08-08 16:25:56 -0500 )edit

But if type is not known in advance, how can we create the subscription? As the message type is needed at the time of subscription creation.

ahtsan gravatar imageahtsan ( 2019-08-08 17:42:34 -0500 )edit

Use the api linked above in the comment to get the list of topics and their types before you call create subscription. Or know through some other means what type you're expecting. The callback must match the type too so you're going to need to have an idea about the type beforehand anyway.

tfoote gravatar imagetfoote ( 2019-08-08 18:13:06 -0500 )edit

Got it. Thanks!

ahtsan gravatar imageahtsan ( 2019-08-08 18:55:03 -0500 )edit

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