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ROS2 Multicast - can't see any topics

asked 2020-02-28 20:28:48 -0500

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I'm running ROS2 Dashing on my Raspberry Pi inside a docker container (Balena) on Ubuntu 18.04, here are the packages installed:


I'm running only one node at the moment - rplidar which publishes LaserScan data to /scan topic.

Here is how I start the process:

source /opt/ros/dashing/setup.bash; source ./install/setup.bash; ROS_DOMAIN_ID=45 ros2 launch rover

Then I'm trying to get a list of nodes on my Ubuntu machine running ROS2 Eloquent (maybe this is the problem?):

ROS_DOMAIN_ID=45 ros2 node list

which gives me


So far so good.
But when I'm trying to get a list of topics I get only the default ones:

ROS_DOMAIN_ID=45 ros2 topic list


Is there a step I'm missing?
I followed the "Troubleshooting" section here: and multicasting are enabled on both Ubuntu PC and on Raspberry Pi.
The fact that I can see remote nodes is also encouraging.

Is it just version incompatibility or I really need to run the same version on Raspberry Pi and Ubuntu?


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answered 2020-02-28 23:52:09 -0500

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It was the incompatibility between Dashing and Eloquent which makes sense.
After compiling Dashing on my Ubuntu 19.10 and running:

ROS_DOMAIN_ID=45 ros2 topic list --spin-time 30

I can now see


I'm also able to visualise the scan data with Rviz:

ROS_DOMAIN_ID=45 rviz2
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