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PCLVisualizer within a ROS node does not respond

asked 2012-10-30 07:21:29 -0500

Markus Eich gravatar image

updated 2012-10-30 07:25:39 -0500

Dear all,

I want to visualize my pointcloud data and some objects within a ROS node. The node receives the data via a ROS Topic. The problem I have is how to integrate the viewer properly. In the main class I am using a member variable for the viewer and one thread which should update the view.

boost::shared_ptr<boost::thread> visualizer_thread_;
boost::shared_ptr<pcl::visualization::PCLVisualizer> viewer_;

In the constructor of my class (basically a segmentation class) I initialize the viewer and start the thread to do the update.

 viewer_= boost::make_shared<pcl::visualization::PCLVisualizer>("Cylinder Viewer");
 visualizer_thread_.reset(new boost::thread(boost::bind(&CylinderSegmentation::visualize,this)));

In the visualization thread I do basically an spin operation on the view

/** Visualizer Thread for the objects
void visualize(){
   ros::Rate r(40);
   while (!viewer_->wasStopped()){
   std::cout<<"Stopped the Viewer"<<std::endl;

When I close the viewer window, I receive the message "Stopped the Viewer" but the window does not close. I cannot even add something to the window to be shown. Is there something wrong I do about the usage of the PCLViewer?



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answered 2012-11-21 22:18:15 -0500

christiank gravatar image

Hi Markus,

I had the same problem. I solved it by creating the visualizer in my thread function, e.g. your visualize(). Would be interesting to know the reason of this problem.

Cheers, Christian

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Could you post an example? I'm dealing with the same issue. Thanks!

vkee gravatar image vkee  ( 2016-06-30 07:52:42 -0500 )edit

@vkee did you get it working?

jtim gravatar image jtim  ( 2017-01-23 11:58:39 -0500 )edit
vkee gravatar image vkee  ( 2017-01-23 12:16:53 -0500 )edit

Thanks found another way quite simple

jtim gravatar image jtim  ( 2017-01-23 13:40:37 -0500 )edit

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