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processing image outside callback

asked 2013-10-12 03:09:12 -0600

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updated 2013-10-12 17:51:41 -0600


I am trying to process image outside callback. Its a Harris detector using opencv but I am running into segmentation fault error.

my code is as follows;

namespace enc = sensor_msgs::image_encodings;
class harris_node
  //   image_transport::ImageTransport it_;
image_transport::Subscriber sub_;
image_transport::Publisher pub_;
ros::NodeHandle nh_;
ros::NodeHandle nhPrivate_;

sensor_msgs::ImageConstPtr imageIn_;
cv_bridge::CvImagePtr image_in;   //pointer to input image
cv_bridge::CvImagePtr image_out;  //for ros msg conversion 
cv::Mat cvImage_in;       //for processing, input at each step
cv::Mat cvImage_out;      //for processing, output at each step
int thresh;
int max_thresh;
int blockSize;
int apertureSize;
double k;

 harris_node(ros::NodeHandle& nh, ros::NodeHandle& nhPrivate):nh_(nh), nhPrivate_(nhPrivate), thresh(200), max_thresh(255), blockSize(2), apertureSize(3), k(0.04)
    image_transport::ImageTransport it_(nh_);
    sub_ = it_.subscribe("front_cam/camera/image", 100, &harris_node::imageCb, this);
    pub_=it_.advertise("front_cam/camera/image_processed", 1);

 void imageCb(const sensor_msgs::ImageConstPtr& image)

        imageIn_ = image;        
    catch (cv_bridge::Exception& e)
        ROS_ERROR("Conversion error: %s", e.what());

 void harris_detector()
    image_in = cv_bridge::toCvCopy(imageIn_, enc::BGR8);
    cvImage_in = image_in->image;       
    cvtColor(cvImage_in, cvImage_out, CV_8UC1); 
    cvImage_in = cvImage_out;
    cornerHarris(cvImage_in, cvImage_out, blockSize, apertureSize, k, cv::BORDER_DEFAULT);    //Harris detector
    cvImage_in = cvImage_out;
    normalize(cvImage_in, cvImage_out, 0, 255, cv::NORM_MINMAX, CV_32FC1, cv::Mat());       //normalize
    cvImage_in = cvImage_out;
    convertScaleAbs (cvImage_in, cvImage_out); //scaled

    //Drawing circles around corner

    for(int j=0; j<cvImage_out.rows ; j++)
        for(int i = 0; i<cvImage_out.cols; i++)
            if((int)<float>(j,i) > thresh)
                circle(cvImage_out, cv::Point(j,i),5,cv::Scalar(0),2,8,0);


 void spin()
    ros::Rate rate(30);
    while (ros::ok())

 virtual void spinOnce()

 class harris_node_with_gui:public harris_node
harris_node_with_gui(ros::NodeHandle& nh, ros::NodeHandle& nhPrivate):   harris_node(nh, nhPrivate){}
void spinOnce()
    cv::imshow("inputImage", cvImage_in);
    cv::imshow("Corners", cvImage_out); 

 int main(int argc, char** argv)
 ros::init(argc, argv, "image_processor"); 
 ros::NodeHandle nh;
 ros::NodeHandle nhPrivate("~");

 harris_node* node = 0;
 node = new harris_node_with_gui (nh, nhPrivate);

gdb debugging shows Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.

on backtrace I get:

#0  0xb7fdd424 in __kernel_vsyscall ()
#1  0xb74b81df in raise () from /lib/i386-linux-gnu/
#2  0xb74bb825 in abort () from /lib/i386-linux-gnu/
#3  0xb74b1085 in ?? () from /lib/i386-linux-gnu/
#4  0xb74b1137 in __assert_fail () from /lib/i386-linux-gnu/
#5  0xb7f74555 in    cv_bridge::toCvCopy(boost::shared_ptr<sensor_msgs::Image_<std::allocator<void> > const> const&, std::string const&) ()
 from /opt/ros/hydro/lib/
#6  0x080532bb in harris_node::harris_detector() ()
#7  0x0805372f in harris_node::spinOnce() ()
#8  0x08053778 in harris_node_with_gui::spinOnce() ()
#9  0x080536e1 in harris_node::spin() ()
#10 0x08050f2a in main ()

Any help is appreciated..


After I swap i and j the backtrace output is still the same but I get another error:

image_processing: /usr/include/boost/smart_ptr/shared_ptr.hpp:412:    boost::shared_ptr<T>::reference boost::shared_ptr<T>::operator*() const [with T = const    sensor_msgs::Image_<std::allocator<void> >, boost::shared_ptr<T>::reference = const   sensor_msgs::Image_<std::allocator<void> >&]: Assertion `px != 0' failed.

So I think I have initialized the pointers in the class to NULL value and this has ... (more)

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Please check where the segfault happens with gdb's back trace.

dornhege gravatar image dornhege  ( 2013-10-12 03:13:15 -0600 )edit

did you ever resolve your problem?

215 gravatar image 215  ( 2016-03-21 06:28:35 -0600 )edit

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answered 2013-10-12 04:15:52 -0600

kalectro gravatar image

updated 2013-10-12 04:41:03 -0600

I would assume your error lies here

if((int)<float>(j,i) > thresh)
  circle(cvImage_out, cv::Point(i,j),5,cv::Scalar(0),2,8,0);

I did not read the full code but a quick look at it lets me guess that you access the image outside its boundaries. It looks like you need to swap i and j

Edit: Have a look at for the right way to transform sensor_msgs::image to cvimage It looks like you just assign a const ptr from the message to a const ptr from a cvimage. This is most certainly not correct. Try something like this:

cv_ptr = cv_bridge::toCvCopy(msg, enc::BGR8);
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Thanks I did the correction..but no solutions yet.

espee gravatar image espee  ( 2013-10-12 04:29:24 -0600 )edit

I did the following where imageIn_ is ImageConstPtr: image_in = cv_bridge::toCvCopy(imageIn_, enc::BGR8); Actually I followed the same tutorial.

espee gravatar image espee  ( 2013-10-12 04:52:46 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-10-12 16:28:33 -0600

Try adding this to you constructor:

imageIn_.reset (new sensor_msgs::Image);
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that doesnt solve either.

espee gravatar image espee  ( 2013-10-12 17:50:34 -0600 )edit

I think the pointers in the object are initialized to NULL because of default constructor.. any ways to solve this issue?

espee gravatar image espee  ( 2013-10-12 17:52:40 -0600 )edit

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