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Gazebo crashes when starting

asked 2013-05-24 02:02:55 -0500

platzhirsch gravatar image


I want to use the simulation environment "Gazebo". Unfortunately it crashes always when starting and the following error appears:

[gazebo_gui-3] process has died [pid 2912, exit code 139]

My system:

  • Lenovo L520
  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • ROS Fuerte
  • Gazabo 1.6.16
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000

I' ve read that Gazebo has problems with non-NVIDIA GPU's and particularly with integrated graphic chips from Intel. But when I tested Gazebo on my system a halfe year ago, it worked without any problems. So I think that the problem occurred sometime after an upgrade. Is there a possibility to run Gazebo on my current system or how can I come back to an older version? Thanks!

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Is that the only thing that shows up? Are there any extra errors? Is the gazebo server still working then? Try running gzclient to see if the interface opens.

t.pimentel gravatar image t.pimentel  ( 2013-05-24 03:27:40 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-05-25 17:37:45 -0500

ncr7 gravatar image

updated 2013-05-25 18:08:17 -0500

It might also be that you've upgraded your video driver since half a year ago through updates and the new driver is not supported. Just a shot in the dark, but have you tried reverting to an older video driver? I've had this issue before and it seemed to be resolved when I reverted to an older driver.

Not sure if you've used intel's driver application,

might help if your trying to revert to an older driver.

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answered 2013-05-25 00:28:11 -0500

Yes, Gazebo crashes a lot. Your error message only shows that the GUI has crashed; does the server also crash? If yes, try launching gazebo with an empty world:

roslaunch gazebo_worlds empty_world.launch

If it still crashes, try again (as @davinci suggested). And again. And again. Gazebo has some race conditions that will crash it 8 out of 10 times on some computers, so keep trying to see if you can sometimes get it to run.

If you can (sometimes) get it to run with the empty world, try running your own simulation world with the robot and objects spawned. If it only crashes then, you know it doesn't like your SDFs/URDFs/world files. Try adding/removing stuff until you find the culprit.

And yes, it is kind of frustrating that Gazebo's major way of communicating its discomfort with your input is by crashing. :-)

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answered 2013-05-24 02:55:05 -0500

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Have you tested it multiple times? My old Gazebo version crashes regularly during startup. Perhaps you can ask this question better on

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Yes, I've tested it again and again but it always crashes.

platzhirsch gravatar image platzhirsch  ( 2013-06-04 02:23:19 -0500 )edit

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