OpenCV error 'CAIRO_STATUS_SUCCESS failed' under ROS. Bug? [closed]

asked 2013-08-22 03:31:22 -0500

Huibuh gravatar image

updated 2014-04-20 14:09:44 -0500

ngrennan gravatar image

Dear fellow ROS developers,

I have encountered an OpenCV related bug that causes a crash when run in the context of ROS bindings.

My setup:

  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • ROS Groovy Desktop, up-to-date, which contains the following binary apt packages:
    • ros-groovy-vision-opencv
    • opencv ros-groovy-opencv2

My self written catkin-based ROS node has the following dependencies specified in its CMakeLists.txt:

find_package(catkin REQUIRED COMPONENTS cv_bridge ...)
find_package(OpenCV REQUIRED)

Through debugging I figured out which call actually causes the crash. Somewhere in my code I call:


the resulting error message is:

opencv_ros_node: /build/buildd/cairo-1.10.2/src/cairo-surface.c:1287: cairo_surface_set_device_offset: Assertion `status == CAIRO_STATUS_SUCCESS' failed.

The same code works if it is compiled stand alone, without any ROS bindings/includes, using a self-compiled version of OpenCV. However, if I link the stand alone build against the OpenCV installation that come with ROS, I get the same error.

I have spent many hours trying to resolve this issue, but no luck so far. Here is a link where someone else encounters the same error:

I also tried what is described in here and here without luck.

Any help would be appreciated.



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Closed for the following reason question is not relevant or outdated by tfoote
close date 2017-11-30 13:23:35.251987


Hi I believe I have the same issue, although I haven't tested it stand alone with OpenCV and not ROS. I tried removing any calls to cv::waitKey and cv::imshow from my code and this at least superficially resolved the issue. I assume it is a concurrency issue of some sort.

NickT gravatar image NickT  ( 2013-09-02 23:55:11 -0500 )edit

Hello Nick, I will try the same on Monday and post back whether it also resolved my issue. Thanks for the tip!

Huibuh gravatar image Huibuh  ( 2013-09-15 00:14:19 -0500 )edit

Hm, when I do this (remove waitkey) no windows show up. (Since waitkey calls imshow, this may make sense). But I can't tell if FindContours is working, then.

KevinNickels gravatar image KevinNickels  ( 2013-09-30 09:12:10 -0500 )edit

Hello Kevin, Im my case, uncommenting cv::waitKey and cv::imshow did not do the trick - same crash, same error message. However, I am convinced now that this, at least in my case with ROS running at the same time, must be a concurrency issue. I tried to debug using gdb and other tools, but to no avail. This also explains while my code runs fine stand-alone, i,e, without being executed as part of a ROS node. If anyone can give me any hints on how I could get to the bottom of this and come up with a fix, that would be highly appreciated!

Huibuh gravatar image Huibuh  ( 2013-09-30 22:06:31 -0500 )edit