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asked 2012-05-14 08:39:21 -0500

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I just installed Fuerte and tried a simulation with stage. But, when I tried to apply tutorials given in ROS, it gives the error related to model type of the laser:

err: Model type laser not found in model typetable (/tmp/buildd/ros-fuerte-stage-1.6.6/debian/ros-fuerte-stage/opt/ros/fuerte/stacks/stage/build/stage/libstage/ CreateModel)

err: Unknown model type laser in world file. (/tmp/buildd/ros-fuerte-stage-1.6.6/debian/ros-fuerte-stage/opt/ros/fuerte/stacks/stage/build/stage/libstage/ CreateModel)

any idea how to solve these problems? Thanks in advance...

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answered 2012-05-27 05:15:12 -0500

Nick Armstrong-Crews gravatar image

updated 2012-05-27 08:04:30 -0500

Just encountered the same.

Apparently, you just need to replace all occurrences of "laser" with "ranger" (as per this post )

Here's a handy one-liner to do so (for all stage files below current directory):

`perl -p -i -e 's/laser/ranger/g' $(find . -name *.world) $(find . -name *.inc)`
I also notice the `` script in stage pkg... may be useful for getting rid of other deprecated stuff in your .world files? UPDATE: looks like you also have to wrap your laser in a "sensor" block... So the old ...
define sick laser
    range_max 80
    fov 180.0
    samples 180
    size [ 0.156 0.155 0.19 ]

Has now become:

define sick ranger
    range [ 0 80 ]
    fov 180.0
    samples 180
  size [ 0.156 0.155 0.19 ]
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@Nick Armstrong-Crews Hi, I wrote two of the stage tutorials available at ROS (stage 3.2.2, which works on diamondback and electric) - does this modification work with the at ?

Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2012-05-27 10:37:41 -0500 )edit

Thanks for the detailed example, Nick. We should add a migration link to the Stage wiki page.

joq gravatar imagejoq ( 2012-05-28 11:44:39 -0500 )edit

@joq Yep ! that is exactly what I was thinking about !

Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2012-05-28 20:48:28 -0500 )edit

@Nick Armstrong-Crews Hi, I could not make to work with that change in fuerte ! :-( ! Anyway, I am just staring off with fuerte !

Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2012-05-28 21:39:22 -0500 )edit

Hi , I made the changes but now it says : warn: worldfile : property [color] is defined but not used (/tmp/buildd/ros-fuerte-stage-1.6.6/debian/ros-fuerte-stage/opt/ros/fuerte/stacks/stage/build/stage/libstage/ WarnUnused)

tonyParker gravatar imagetonyParker ( 2014-09-18 07:40:29 -0500 )edit

This didn't work for me! Did anyone got this working on Stage_ROS kinetic? Facing the same issue!

Sanjay Nag gravatar imageSanjay Nag ( 2019-08-15 14:11:42 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-10-04 10:56:27 -0500

Graham gravatar image

updated 2012-10-08 01:03:08 -0500

There are several issues when using Fuerte and Stage 4.1.1 regarding stage controllers.

Re: warn: Model roomba.ranger:1 not found

The stageros wrapper only expects one ranger per robot but the wander controller in Stage expects the laser to be the second ranger. The line in that causes this warning is:

robot->laser = (ModelRanger*)mod->GetChild( "ranger:1" );

Re: Segmentation fault (core dumped)

This appears to be related to the use of the roomba model (when I inspected the stack trace the problem was in some drawing code) - pioneer or simple position models work OK (once has been edited).

However, stageros will stop all robots that have not received a velocity command in the last 0.2 seconds which is a problem if using a stage controller to control that robot.

To address these issues, I forked the Stage repository and edited stage.hh and to store and expose a uses_controller attribute for each Model. I then edited stageros.cpp (in a local copy of the stage stack) to make use of it, so that robots that have stage controllers are not exposed to ROS. I also edited to get the first ranger it finds for any robot (this will break the demo found in Stage/worlds - I've added a demo that will work)

My forked repo is available at git://

I've included my edited stageros.cpp file in a stageros directory.

These commands should get things working:

First create an overlay for stage in your $ROS_WORKSPACE

$ roslocate info turtlebot | rosws merge -
$ rosws update

and build it:

$ rosmake stage

Then clone my Stage repo and build it:

$ mkdir stage4
$ cd stage4
$ git clone git://
$ make install


In one terminal:

$ roscore

In a second terminal:

$ rosrun stage stageros <your path>/stage4/Stage/worlds/

You should see one moving robot (controlled by the wander controller) and one static robot (exposed to ROS and waiting for commands).

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@Graham what still surprises me is that the wrapper (and everything else, roomba model and also the stage controllers) worked nicely in Electric and Diamondback but in gave error in Fuerte.

Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2012-10-04 20:53:17 -0500 )edit

I've only tried it in Fuerte. The switch to Stage version 4 is the main cause of the problems.

Graham gravatar imageGraham ( 2012-10-09 06:30:25 -0500 )edit

@Graham Just a gut feel - I would expect that only tinkering with the stageros wrapper should solve the problem. One may not need to dig into, is a part of parent stage ( and playing with that may not be greatly advisable.

Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2012-10-09 19:32:59 -0500 )edit

I needed to edit Stage to expose information about whether models used a controller. I agree that rather than editing I should have edited a copy e.g.

Graham gravatar imageGraham ( 2012-10-16 00:07:51 -0500 )edit

@Graham Have been going through your repository - have you got the goal directed stage controller to work ? is the goal coordinates given as hard coded into the code script or through some graphical means (rviz etc) ?

Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2012-11-19 17:21:17 -0500 )edit

@Graham your code compiles and also builds - but could not make it run. Guess it may be better to communicate via email.

Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2012-11-19 20:10:08 -0500 )edit

@Graham: Hi, although this post is a bit older I would like to ask for some advice using your stage overlay. It did not work. I had to make a STAGEPATH variable containing Folders for libs and ctrl. Now Stage comes up, ctrl is initialized but robot does not move. Pose data (verbose) is weird. Ideas?

cldoppler gravatar imagecldoppler ( 2014-01-29 05:03:03 -0500 )edit

@Graham: also both robots of your example are visible in rostopics despite one has der "wander_single_ranger" control.

cldoppler gravatar imagecldoppler ( 2014-01-29 05:04:48 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-05-14 14:20:26 -0500

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Fuerte has stage 4.1.1 (Electric had 3.2.2).

Stage version 4 no longer supports the laser model, it has been replaced by a more generic ranger interface.

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answered 2012-06-15 11:08:41 -0500

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Though it is implied in previous responses, this also means changing:

define floorplan model ( 
  laser_return 1 


define floorplan model
  ranger_return 1
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answered 2013-01-24 02:45:49 -0500

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Hi everyone,

This is more of a NOTE -- I am not expecting to be voted up or down here.

As Graham has pointed out that there may be an issue with the roomba model, I am putting this note.

The roomba model which works in ROS Electric (Stage 3.2.2) and fails in ROS Fuerte and ROS Groovy (Stage 4.1.1) is due to the part of the code in the world file;

define roomba position
  size [0.33 0.33 0.1]

  # this block approximates the circular shape of a Roomba
    points 16
    point[0] [ 0.225 0.000 ]
    point[1] [ 0.208 0.086 ]
    point[2] [ 0.159 0.159 ]
    point[3] [ 0.086 0.208 ]
    point[4] [ 0.000 0.225 ]
    point[5] [ -0.086 0.208 ]
    point[6] [ -0.159 0.159 ]
    point[7] [ -0.208 0.086 ]
    point[8] [ -0.225 0.000 ]
    point[9] [ -0.208 -0.086 ]
    point[10] [ -0.159 -0.159 ]
    point[11] [ -0.086 -0.208 ]
    point[12] [ -0.000 -0.225 ]
    point[13] [ 0.086 -0.208 ]
    point[14] [ 0.159 -0.159 ]
    point[15] [ 0.208 -0.086 ]
  color "gray50"

In Stage 4.1.1 each point is defined by 4 (x,y,z,theta) variables and not 3 and 2. A pioneer robot model ( works fine since each point for constructing the robot is made of 4 variables -- not 3 !

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answered 2012-09-19 01:45:12 -0500

Claudio gravatar image

updated 2012-10-03 04:50:28 -0500

Not only did I modify all the laser calls to ranger, I also copied the file from a working stage 4 installation, and included that in the roomba tutorial world. No joy.

Now the errors are

 [Loading /home/erupter/Apps/ROS/stage_controllers/world/][Include][Image "bitmaps/roomba-stage.png"]warn: lookup of model name roomba.ranger:1: no matching name (/tmp/buildd/ros-fuerte-stage-1.6.6/debian/ros-fuerte-stage/opt/ros/fuerte/stacks/stage/build/stage/libstage/ GetModel)
warn: Model roomba.ranger:1 not found (/tmp/buildd/ros-fuerte-stage-1.6.6/debian/ros-fuerte-stage/opt/ros/fuerte/stacks/stage/build/stage/libstage/ GetChild)
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

Safe to say the word "ranger" is nowhere to be found in my modified roomba world, and yet it seems something calls for a ranger.. I suppose tutorials need updating. I wander what the problem with stage is, anybody solved that?

I used the standard notation and file coming from the standalone Stage 4 installation ( The error is the same as if the model ranger wasn't found.

I also tried following the stage tutorial at

But encountered two errors:

  • checking out teleop_base is a no go, requires user and pass (no anonym?)
  • manually downloading files and running rosmake results in error

    [rospack] Error: package/stack teleop_base depends on non-existent package joy

    CMake Error at /opt/ros/fuerte/share/ros/core/rosbuild/public.cmake:129 (message):

    Failed to invoke rospack to get compile flags for package

    'teleop_base'. Look above for errors from rospack itself. Aborting. Please fix the broken dependency!

    Call Stack (most recent call first): /opt/ros/fuerte/share/ros/core/rosbuild/public.cmake:203 (rosbuild_invoke_rospack) CMakeLists.txt:3 (rosbuild_init)

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@erupter For teleop_base there is a minor error, have a look here -

Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2012-09-19 03:51:25 -0500 )edit

Actually my problem with teleop_base appears to be related to a missing package called Joy Error: package/stack teleop_base depends on non-existent package joy

I noticed Arkapravo you are the man behind the basic roomba world for stage. May I ask you why you haven't posted a solution?

Claudio gravatar imageClaudio ( 2012-10-03 04:44:37 -0500 )edit

@erupter I designed those simulations for diamondback and electric - those ROS distributions had Stage 3.2.2. ROS fuerte has Stage 4.1.1 - I have no claims on that one yet ! My tutorials say very clearly that they are meant for Electric and Diamondback.

Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2012-10-03 05:11:53 -0500 )edit

@erupter For the joy error use - sudo apt-get install ros-fuerte-joystick-drivers. However, as I mentioned previously there is some coding error in teleop_base, you will have to manually rectify it.

Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2012-10-03 05:13:54 -0500 )edit

Thanks Arkapravo. Installed the joystick package, still missing the control-toolbox. Already did the modification in the source.

Claudio gravatar imageClaudio ( 2012-10-04 07:13:35 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-05-15 04:20:49 -0500

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I installed ROS 2 days ago too, and I have got exactly the same problem. I've tried some other world files, but couldn't get it to work. I would really appreciate a rockie friendly solution.

Thx a lot!

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Try this tutorial - - should work with fuerte.

Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2012-10-03 05:18:17 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-05-14 16:08:15 -0500

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Thanks for your answer. Now my mind a bit confused since I am new on ROS. Can you tell me what I can do now and do you have any suggestion for simulation? Actually, right now I am using world files include "" and "", and they seem to work well.

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haven't tried it myself, but this looks useful for learning:

Nick Armstrong-Crews gravatar imageNick Armstrong-Crews ( 2012-05-27 07:43:11 -0500 )edit

@musti If you are using stage or payer/stage then the usual approach is using .inc, .cfg and .world file while stage with ROS usually employs .world files or .launch files (which are again connected to .world files).

Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2012-05-27 10:28:48 -0500 )edit

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