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Control System Talking to ROS

In the EEROS library you will find a directory with examples. For this example see RosTest1.cpp.

Open a shell in the build directory of your EEROS library. This examples with ROS will only be present in your build directory if ROS was installed before building EEROS with -DUSE_ROS=TRUE set, see Preparations and Building.

If you work on a target make sure to setup the environment as given in Running your ROS Example.

Open a shell and run

$ roscore

Open another shell in the build directory of your EEROS library and run

$ sudo -E ./examples/ros/rosTest1

IMPORTANT You have to run a program using real time threads with root privileges.


This example runs your EEROS application as a ROS node under the name /eerosNode. It publishes three topics

  • /test/vector (of type Matrix<7,1,double>)
  • /test/val (of type double)
  • /test/safetyLevel (of type unit32_t)


$ rosnode list

you will see the new node.

$ rostopic list

will list the two topics which are published be our node, /test/val, /test/vector, and /test/safetyLevel. Open another shell to show the messages sent by EEROS, e.g.

$ rostopic echo /test/vector


$ rostopic hz /test/val

you can easily check how often data is sent from out ROS node. Try to plot the data with

$ rqt_plot /test/val /test1/vector/data[0] /test/vector/data[1] /test/safetyLevel


Open another shell in the build directory of your EEROS library and run rosNodeTalker. This is not a EEROS program but simply starts a ROS node which publishes a couple of test topics. As soon as rosNodeTalker runs, your example application will receive the two topics

  • /rosNodeTalker/vector (of type Matrix<2,1,double>)
  • /rosNodeTalker/val (of type double)

and logs its transported message values into the console. Alternatively you could publish a single message from the command line with

$ rostopic pub /rosNodeTalker/val std_msgs/Float64 -- -2.3
$ rostopic pub /rosNodeTalker/vector std_msgs/Float64MultiArray "{layout: {dim: [], data_offset: 0}, data: [2.5, 1.76]}"


$ rqt_graph

to show a graph with all involved nodes together with their topics.

getting_started/tutorials/systemros1.txt · Last modified: 2021/03/31 12:01 by ursgraf