Using boost::bind to pass additional arguments to my subscriber callback fails

asked 2020-01-28 11:29:33 -0600

max11gen gravatar image

I'm trying to pass additional arguments to my Subscriber callback function. I already found a good post on how to this here. At least it looks like a good post to me, but unfortunately it doesn't work. I'm also using a class and I want to use a member function of that class as the callback function of the subscriber. My class definition is as follows:

#include <vector>

#include "ros/ros.h"
#include "sensor_msgs/Image.h"

class DataProcessor
      ros::NodeHandle n=ros::NodeHandle(),
      ros::NodeHandle priv_n=ros::NodeHandle("~"));

  ros::NodeHandle nh;
  ros::NodeHandle priv_nh;
  ros::Subscriber color_subscriber;
  ros::Subscriber ir_subscriber;
  ros::Subscriber depth_subscriber;

  std::vector<sensor_msgs::Image> color_container;
  std::vector<sensor_msgs::Image> ir_container;
  std::vector<sensor_msgs::Image> depth_container;

  void storeData(const sensor_msgs::Image & msg,
                 std::vector<sensor_msgs::Image> & container);

Then in the constructor of that class I'm trying to pass a class member additionally to the subscriber function like this:

#include <functional>
#include <boost/bind.hpp>

#include "data_processor.h"

DataProcessor::DataProcessor(ros::NodeHandle n,
                             ros::NodeHandle priv_n) :

void DataProcessor::storeData(const sensor_msgs::Image & msg,
                              std::vector<sensor_msgs::Image> & container) {


As far as I can see it, this subscriber call looks exactly like the one in the linked post, but I get a compilation error as follows:

/usr/include/boost/bind/bind.hpp:398: error: no match for call to '(boost::_mfi::mf2<void, DataProcessor, const sensor_msgs::Image_<std::allocator<void> >&, std::vector<sensor_msgs::Image_<std::allocator<void> > >&>) (DataProcessor*&, const boost::shared_ptr<const sensor_msgs::Image_<std::allocator<void> > >&, std::vector<sensor_msgs::Image_<std::allocator<void> > >&)'
         unwrapper<F>::unwrap(f, 0)(a[base_type::a1_], a[base_type::a2_], a[base_type::a3_]);
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Maybe try changing your callback signature to have the first arg be const sensor_msgs::ImageConstPtr

jarvisschultz gravatar image jarvisschultz  ( 2020-01-28 14:50:53 -0600 )edit

@jarvisschultz Now the code compiles! But the topic doesn't publish this type of message, it publishes sensor_msgs::Image. Will it work anyway?

max11gen gravatar image max11gen  ( 2020-01-29 03:46:50 -0600 )edit

I just switched to a different valid callback signature... it's still the same topic.

jarvisschultz gravatar image jarvisschultz  ( 2020-01-29 10:39:52 -0600 )edit

The biggest difference is that now you'd have a boost::shared_ptr instead of a reference to an object. So you'd have to use msg->header instead of msg.header

jarvisschultz gravatar image jarvisschultz  ( 2020-01-29 10:41:45 -0600 )edit