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ROS Fuerte, rviz, NX on Amazon EC2 instance

asked 2012-12-02 00:07:59 -0500

isherman gravatar image

Has anyone had any luck getting a Desktop-Full version of ROS up and running in the cloud?

I commissioned an Ubuntu 12.04 EC2 instance, installed ROS Fuerte on it, and have been using x2go as a graphical interface to the remote machine. TurtleSim and rxgraph run fine, but rviz segfaults with the message:

Config file '/home/ubuntu/.rviz/config' could not be opened for reading.
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

On the http://www.ros.org/wiki/rviz/Troubleshooting (rviz troubleshooting page) I see a reference to the fact that that running rviz remotely is not possible. I also wonder if NX clients such as x2go would even support a 3D-accelerated application like rviz.

But it would be nice to run ROS Desktop in the cloud -- maybe even create an AMI for a one-click trial of ROS. Should I give up on that dream for now?

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answered 2012-12-02 05:33:44 -0500

SL Remy gravatar image

There are a couple of teams running ROS in the Cloud (even in EC2 land).

I have not seen that error, but one suggestion would be to run rviz locally and just set the ROS_MASTER_URI to the machine in the cloud (assuming that you're on a vpn or have the appropriate network config).

If you really don't want to run a local rviz, I guess another option could be to use Xnest.. it will be slow, but it's one means of getting to the true issue that you're facing.

On a possibly related tip, I'd also recommend that you try using Xvfb or something similar, and create a display that you use to render the remote simulation environment. I've never used x2go, but I'm wary of rendering the desktop over the (inter)network.

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Thank you, good to hear it should be possible. I'll give it a try with standard X-forwarding to try and get to the root of the segfault.

isherman gravatar imageisherman ( 2012-12-02 20:49:37 -0500 )edit

@isherman were you able to run rviz on AWS?

Subodh Malgonde gravatar imageSubodh Malgonde ( 2018-07-26 01:24:05 -0500 )edit

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