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rosbuild_add_roslaunch_check fails for included files using launch file arguments

asked 2012-07-08 21:25:03 -0500

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updated 2012-07-09 06:50:54 -0500

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maybe this is a very special usecase but I encountered some missmatching between the behaviour of roslaunch and the result of rosbuild_add_roslaunch_check.

In detail: I tried to setup a launch file with

<?xml version="1.0"?>

<!-- define arg -->
<arg name="pkg_arg" default="$(find my_pkg)"/>

<!-- use arg -->
<param name="param1" value="$(arg pkg_arg)"/> <!-- this is working, test is ok -->
<include file="$(arg pkg_arg)/included.launch"/> <!-- this is working too, but test fails-->


trying to use a launch file argument to find an include file. The behaviour when roslaunching the file is fine, the parameter gets uploaded and the included.launch file gets included. Perfect. But when I add a rosbuild_add_roslaunch_check for that file I get

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/opt/ros/electric/stacks/ros_comm/tools/rostest/bin/", line 86, in <module>
error_msg = check_roslaunch_file(roslaunch_path)
  File "/opt/ros/electric/stacks/ros_comm/tools/rostest/bin/", line 48, in check_roslaunch_file
error_msg = roslaunch.rlutil.check_roslaunch(roslaunch_file)
  File "/opt/ros/electric/stacks/ros_comm/tools/roslaunch/src/roslaunch/", line 206, in check_roslaunch
base_pkg, file_deps, missing = roslaunch.depends.roslaunch_deps([f])
  File "/opt/ros/electric/stacks/ros_comm/tools/roslaunch/src/roslaunch/", line 239, in roslaunch_deps
rl_file_deps(file_deps, launch_file, verbose)
  File "/opt/ros/electric/stacks/ros_comm/tools/roslaunch/src/roslaunch/", line 146, in rl_file_deps
parse_launch(launch_file, file_deps, verbose)
  File "/opt/ros/electric/stacks/ros_comm/tools/roslaunch/src/roslaunch/", line 131, in parse_launch
_parse_launch(launch_tag.childNodes, launch_file, file_deps, verbose)
  File "/opt/ros/electric/stacks/ros_comm/tools/roslaunch/src/roslaunch/", line 82, in _parse_launch
sub_launch_file = resolve_args(tag.attributes['file'].value)
  File "/opt/ros/electric/ros/core/roslib/src/roslib/", line 216, in resolve_args
resolved = _arg(resolved, a, args, context)
  File "/opt/ros/electric/ros/core/roslib/src/roslib/", line 167, in _arg
raise ArgException(arg_name)
roslib.substitution_args.ArgException: pkg_arg

My guess is that something in the cmake macro for checking roslaunch files is wrong. Can somebody point me to the right location?

Best, Florian

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answered 2012-07-09 20:36:37 -0500

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The argument pkg_arg get substituted by the absolute path to the package my_pkg which could for example be the string /home/user/ros/my_pkg. Hence rosbuild_add_roslaunch_check could check the current ROS_PACKAGE_PATH for the existence of this package and the file included.launch as roslaunch does when executing. The value for the argument is determined by the current ROS_PACKAGE_PATH which can be checked offline in my opinion.

By the way, the behaviour is the same as hardcoding the argument to point to my_pkg:

<arg name="pkg_arg" default="/home/user/ros/my_pkg"/>

So why shouldn't it be possible to check this?

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Because rosbuild_add_roslaunch_check() runs during make test, and that argument is not set until the launch file actually runs.

joq gravatar image joq  ( 2012-07-10 04:46:09 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-07-09 06:54:10 -0500

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I don't see how rosbuild_add_roslaunch_check could possibly work in this case, since the package name is not known until the launch file is invoked.

What would you expect it to do?

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