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Set rqt_gui Perspectives from Command Line

asked 2013-01-30 06:34:32 -0500

jker gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:15:02 -0500

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I'm currently writing a script to start rqt_gui with just the right preferences without any setup. So far I've been able to get the rviz preferences to be correct by copying a saved .vcg file to the ~/.rviz/ directory, where it stores such settings. I was hoping I could do something similar for rqt_gui.

My question is how do I make rqt_gui recognize a .preferences file from the command line? I know how to start up rqt_gui using the -p command to set the startup perspective, the problem is getting rqt_gui to recognize this perspective when opened for the first time.

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answered 2013-01-30 10:58:55 -0500

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updated 2013-01-30 11:01:18 -0500

Afaik there's no way currently for you to give rqt_gui configuration on its 1st boot. @Dirk Thomas or @Dorian Scholz have the full answer. But assuming there's no such thing, I would suggest open an enhancement ticket here.

Sound like you've already been aware of many rqt's feature but as a recap, rqt_gui-level setting (the plugins opened last time, their layout a.k.a perspective etc.) is stored automatically when you successfully close its process (in ~/.config/ros.org/rqt_gui.ini by default on Ubuntu. Don't know how this works in other platform). But what you are asking is probably plugin-level setting, and also on its initial boot.

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Actually, this is just what I needed. Apparently the rqt_gui.ini file stores the parameters for the perspective, so as long as I copy that I can get the desired effect. Thanks!

jker gravatar image jker  ( 2013-01-31 07:54:52 -0500 )edit

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