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asked 2013-02-21 10:16:08 -0500

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Hi everybody!

I started to use the ROS recently. I'm trying to call a Service in Android. The Service is running on rospy. Right now I have the server working well. The client (Android) has been implemented using two different modes:

  • public class Client extends AbstractNodeMain: generates an exception that I do not understand why.
  • public class Client implements NodeMain: there is no exception, but it also does not communicate with the server.

Someone can help me? Hope for help! Thanks.. Paulo

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answered 2013-02-21 10:51:30 -0500

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Hi Paulo

The following code worked for me in implementing a ServiceClient in Android. Note that HMMv2/get_Joint_State.srv is a custom service of mine.

In the OnStart(ConnectedNode node) method (but before you implement a cancellable loop:

final ServiceClient<HMMv2.get_Joint_StateRequest, HMMv2.get_Joint_StateResponse> client;

                client = node.newServiceClient("HMMv2Cont/JointState", HMMv2.get_Joint_State._TYPE);

            catch (ServiceNotFoundException e) 
                // TODO Auto-generated catch block
                throw new RosRuntimeException(e);

            final HMMv2.get_Joint_StateRequest request=client.newMessage();


Then in the Cancellable loop, loop() function the code to call the service is:, new ServiceResponseListener<HMMv2.get_Joint_StateResponse>()    {

                            public void onFailure(RemoteException arg0) 
                                Log.d("Jointrequest Client", "failed to call service");
                                throw new RosRuntimeException(arg0);
                                // TODO Auto-generated method stub


                            public void onSuccess(HMMv2.get_Joint_StateResponse message) 
                                                           //do something with the response
                                hPos.set(0, 0, (message.getJointState().getPosition()[0]-512)*Math.PI/512);             



hope this example helps you. I think the main issue I found in implementing this was the declaration of a final ServiceClient types. But I've used this format a couple of times and it works.

cheers Peter

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I have something similar. But when I run, an error occurs:

02-23 17:07:52.778: E/AndroidRuntime(671): org.ros.exception.RosRuntimeException: Connection exception: paulofonseca-PC:37008 02-23 17:07:52.778: E/AndroidRuntime(671): at org.ros.internal.transport.tcp.TcpClient.connect(

paulofinseca gravatar image paulofinseca  ( 2013-02-23 05:44:26 -0500 )edit

check your logcat and see where in your program the exception is thrown. The reference you give only specifies a library file ( but if you can scroll down you should see your file name with a line number. This should give some clue as to what is causing this exception.

PeterMilani gravatar image PeterMilani  ( 2013-02-24 10:17:45 -0500 )edit

I have the same issue : org.ros.exception.RosRuntimeException: Connection exception: ubuntu:38403 at org.ros.internal.transport.tcp.TcpClient.connect( Have you find a solution?

thomasL gravatar image thomasL  ( 2014-05-22 09:07:23 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-07-27 09:13:06 -0500

thomasL gravatar image

It might be an issue with Network configuration : NetworkSetup. See the paragraph "Setting a name explicitly".

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