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How can I post the time that has passed during a process?

asked 2013-10-02 05:02:12 -0500

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updated 2014-01-28 17:18:07 -0500

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I would like to know how much time has gone by while performing a certain process. As an example I have used the Publisher/Subscriber tutorial code from with some minor modifications. Basically, I want to know the time that has passed since the beginning of the code until the end of it. I understand why this code doesn't work but I posted it anyway so you can get the idea of what I want.

#include "ros/ros.h"
#include "std_msgs/String.h"
#include "geometry_msgs/Vector3.h"

#include <sstream>

geometry_msgs::Vector3 valorFloat;
int valor = 1;
double start_time, finish_time, delta_t;

int main(int argc, char **argv)
  double tiempo_actual; 
  ros::init(argc, argv, "talker");
  ros::NodeHandle n;

  ros::Publisher chatter_pub = n.advertise<std_msgs::String>("chatter", 1000);
  ros::Publisher mensaje = n.advertise<geometry_msgs::Vector3>("/ValorFloat",50);
  ros::Rate loop_rate(10);

  int count = 0;
  while (ros::ok())
    start_time = current_time; //Save current time as t1
    std_msgs::String msg;
    std::stringstream ss;
    ss << "hello world " << count; = ss.str();
    finish_time=current_time; //Save current time as t2
    printf("Delta t: %f \n",delta_t);

  return 0;
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answered 2013-10-02 05:30:37 -0500

updated 2013-10-02 06:48:47 -0500

I believe the - operator is overloaded for ros::Time and returns a ros::Duration, so you should be able to do something like:

ros::Time start_time = ros::Time::now();
//do some work
ros::Duration delta_t = ros::Time::now() - start_time;
double delta_t_sec = delta_t.toSec();
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Thanks! one detail though I had to change delta_t.to_sec() to delta_t.toSec()

Pedro_85 gravatar image Pedro_85  ( 2013-10-02 06:23:08 -0500 )edit

Oops, I was thinking in python. I'll edit my answer.

Dan Lazewatsky gravatar image Dan Lazewatsky  ( 2013-10-02 06:48:26 -0500 )edit

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