Wiimote Package Installation in ROS2 FOXY has unexpected Nodes

asked 2022-02-22 15:58:56 -0500

RobotRoss gravatar image

updated 2022-02-23 02:10:54 -0500

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On Ubuntu 20.04 x86_64 debian FOXY installation.


Did the requisite sudo apt update and upgrade commands and . .bashrc that sources /opt/ros/foxy/share before continuing with the installation. There is no src Wiimote package.

Installed wiimote package with sudo apt install ros-foxy-wiimote results in "newest version (3.0.1-1focal.20220204.180410)."

ros2 pkg list|grep wiimote lists:


ros2 pkg prefix wiimote report: /opt/ros/foxy

ros2 pkg executables wiimote report:

wiimote feedback_tester.py
wiimote teleop_wiimote_node
wiimote wiimote_node

However, these are not the expected node executables in the ros-drivers/joystick_drivers/wiimote (foxy-devel) repository, which are teleop_wiimote and wiimote_controller

Running ros2 run wiimote teleop_wiimote_node connects to the Wiimote Controller reporting

[INFO] [1645562561.132769206] [teleop_wiimote]: TeleopWiimote lifecycle node created.

ros2 node list:


ros2 topic list:


However there is no /cmd_vel topic to Publish the desired Twist messages

As a check of the Package code, I performed a similar Debian installation of the ROS Noetic Wiimote package on another ROS=1 Ubuntu 20.04 that works consistent with the Wiimote repository containing wiimote_controller node that connects to the Wiimote controller and has a teleop_wiimote node that publishes /cmd_vel.

I also tried a colcon_ws/src compile of the package that behaved with unexpected nodes as I observed as described here with the Debian installation.

Appreciate any suggested diagnostic steps.

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Have you installed sudo apt install ros-foxy-wiimote-msgs Not sure it will make a difference.

osilva gravatar image osilva  ( 2022-02-23 10:00:53 -0500 )edit

Yes, it was also installed with ros-foxy-wiimote , the newest version (3.0.1focal.20220201.012424). Running ~: ros2 pkg list|grep wiimote lists wiimote and wiimote_msgs packages installed in /opt/ros/foxy.

RobotRoss gravatar image RobotRoss  ( 2022-02-23 13:49:41 -0500 )edit