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How to log USB sensor data in rospy?

asked 2021-05-18 08:52:46 -0500

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updated 2021-05-18 09:01:06 -0500

I use the following bash script to establish a connection to a device and print strings of data read by it to the terminal. However, I'd like to be able to publish this data to a ROS topic and so I've attempted to write a node in rospy to do the equivalent of the bash script.

Bash Script:


sudo -i <<-EOF
rmmod ftdi_sio
rmmod usbserial
modprobe ftdi-sio
echo -n VENDOR_ID PRODUCT_ID | sudo tee /sys/bus/usb-serial/drivers/ftdi_sio/new_id
stty -F /dev/ttyUSB0 9600 cs8 -cstopb -parenb
echo -e "SOME_STRING" > /dev/ttyUSB0
apt install screen
script /dev/null
screen /dev/ttyUSB0

rospy node:


import rospy
from std_msgs.msg import Int16
import serial
import subprocess
import os

def log_data():

    pub = rospy.Publisher('data', Int16, queue_size=1)
    rate = rospy.Rate(1.5)

    while not rospy.is_shutdown():

        data = Int16()

        os.system("[ -d ""/dev/ttyUSB0"" ] && sudo chmod -R 777 /dev/ttyUSB0")
        os.system("sudo chmod -R 777 /dev/ttyUSB0")["sudo", "-i",
                        """rmmod ftdi_sio""",
                        """rmmod usbserial""",
                        """modprobe ftdi-sio""",
                        """echo -n VENDOR_ID PRODUCT_ID | sudo tee /sys/bus/usb-serial/drivers/ftdi_sio/new_id"""])

        serial_port = serial.Serial(port='/dev/ttyUSB0',

        serial_port.write("SOME_STRING") =
        rospy.loginfo("Data String: " + str(

if __name__ == '__main__':
        rospy.init_node('data_logger', anonymous=True)
    except rospy.ROSInterruptException:

The output I print to terminal from the rospy node is a stream of lines like [INFO] [1621344997.745772]: Data String: b'\r' and not the expected string of data values, which should have a format similar to A: XXXXX, B: XXXXX. When I print the serial_port I get this output:

Serial<id=0x7fb9850d2970, open=True>(port='/dev/ttyUSB0', baudrate=9600, bytesize=8, parity='N', stopbits=1, timeout=None, xonxoff=False, rtscts=False, dsrdtr=False)

Can anyone point out where I'm going wrong? I'm particularly unsure whether I have set my device to be accessible correctly from ttyUSB0 in the[... ...]) commands. Any ideas?

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answered 2021-05-19 08:58:46 -0500

In bash, the parity bit is enabled with -parenb. On the other hand, in python, it is disabled with parity=serial.PARITY_NONE. I don't know what is correct, but I think it is worth trying other parameters such as serial.PARITY_EVEN and serial.PARITY_ODD.

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