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ServiceServer on Arduino -- Service requests will eventually hang

asked 2013-09-09 09:45:57 -0500

River gravatar image


I have encountered an issue with rosserial wherein if I run a ServiceServer on my arduino -- after a variable number of requests to the service, the request will indefinitely hang. I have created a simplified example to re-create the problem (I added a Publisher as it seems to decrease the number of requests before failure):

Arduino code:

#include <ros.h>
#include <ArduinoHardware.h>
#include <std_msgs/UInt16.h>
#include <std_srvs/Empty.h>

ros::NodeHandle  nh;
using std_srvs::Empty;

// Create a publisher that generates a random die roll
std_msgs::UInt16 die;
ros::Publisher die_pub("random_die_roll", &die);

// Create a service server that takes nothing and returns nothing
void callback(const Empty::Request & req, Empty::Response & res)
  // Simulate function running for a non-deterministic amount of time

ros::ServiceServer<Empty::Request, Empty::Response> server("get_nothing",&callback);

void setup()
  // Startup ROS

void loop()
  // Publish die roll = random(1, 7);

Python node code:

#!/usr/bin/env python
import roslib; roslib.load_manifest('test_arduino')
import rospy
from std_srvs.srv import Empty

def main():
    get_nothing_service = rospy.ServiceProxy('get_nothing', Empty)
    count = 0
    while not rospy.is_shutdown():
        print "Got nothing...", count
        count += 1

if __name__ == "__main__":


  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • ROS Groovy
  • rosserial (4d34f24181b9570ac1f5a2be9ffbdbf4e8a3d59a)
  • Seeeduino Mega w/ ATmega 1280

Any help is appreciated. I have a feeling it's just a mistake in my understanding.


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answered 2013-09-26 09:13:30 -0500

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For someone in the future who may run into this problem, I got around it by creating a "psuedo-service". I used two publishers. The requester would publish a request and the server would publish a result after it heard the request. It worked very well, but it's not a "real" answer in my opinion.

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answered 2017-09-09 22:24:17 -0500

TomOConnell gravatar image

Under some circumstances, I believe this can be related to pull request #308, where if the client exceeds one of the timeouts in nh.spinOnce(), the flag indicating it is configured will be set false, and the check before publishing will fail. The rosserial_python node currently goes in to an infinite loop until it receives a response from the correct service server.

I worked around this by making the code that sets the configuration flag false upon timeout optional at compile time, but I don't think this is the most clean solution in general.

See my fork. It may have changed, but commits around the time of this answer should have the change.

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