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Robot shaky after the last gazebo_ros_pkgs update

asked 2013-10-11 13:05:54 -0600

Arn-O gravatar image

updated 2013-11-18 14:48:14 -0600


EDIT: The topic of the answers is finally just to have a working ROS/Gazebo installation from the debs (not from the sources).

2 days ago, I was unable to spawn my robot in Gazebo due to technical error (a module not found, I did not copy the message). So I re-installed the gazeborospkgs and other packages (as described in the tutorial) from the sources.

The robot can now be spawned, but it is badly shaky. Again, I made very small modifications on the robot description and even after reverting them, I still have the issue.

Check the bug in video:


The robot description I'm using is more or less stable, and I would say that the bug does not come from it.

Any idea of where this comes from?


New installation tried this morning (10.11), still this kind of messages:

arnaud@hercules:~$ sudo apt-get install ros-hydro-gazebo-ros-pkgs ros-hydro-gazebo-ros-control
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  gazebo-current ros-hydro-gazebo-plugins ros-hydro-gazebo-ros
The following packages will be REMOVED:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  gazebo-current ros-hydro-gazebo-ros-control
The following packages will be upgraded:
  ros-hydro-gazebo-plugins ros-hydro-gazebo-ros ros-hydro-gazebo-ros-pkgs
3 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 1 to remove and 2 not upgraded.
Need to get 47,6 MB of archives.
After this operation, 962 kB of additional disk space will be used.

Not sure what to answer.


OK, new try (16.11) read this page first:


So I had to remove Gazebo and install it again to have the right version (1.9.1).

sudo apt-get install ros-hydro-gazebo-ros-pkgs ros-hydro-gazebo-ros-control

With the simple rrbot, I have the following error messages:

setting /run_id to e0dc536c-4fcb-11e3-831d-8ca98268036c
process[rosout-1]: started with pid [5315]
started core service [/rosout]
ERROR: cannot launch node of type [gazebo_ros/gzserver]: can't locate node [gzserver] in package [gazebo_ros]
ERROR: cannot launch node of type [gazebo_ros/gzclient]: can't locate node [gzclient] in package [gazebo_ros]
ERROR: cannot launch node of type [gazebo_ros/spawn_model]: can't locate node [spawn_model] in package [gazebo_ros]

Did not have time to investigate further. I preferred to post it directly and have a look at it afterward.


My mistake, that came from an old install of gazebo_ros from the source. After cleaning everything, I have been able to start the rrbot, which is working like a charm. My robot, though, is still very very shaky.

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Well, in fact Gazebo itself has been upgraded.

Arn-O gravatar imageArn-O ( 2013-10-11 15:20:14 -0600 )edit

Did the upgrade fix your problem? Chances are some parameters associated with youbot need to be tuned.

nkoenig gravatar imagenkoenig ( 2013-11-06 10:53:16 -0600 )edit

I currently do not have access to my Linux box. I gonna test tomorrow.

Arn-O gravatar imageArn-O ( 2013-11-06 13:26:02 -0600 )edit

In response to 'Edit 1': Since you are using ROS, I would recommend against installing gazebo-current. Instead, just install the gazebo package which is fully supported by ROS.

nkoenig gravatar imagenkoenig ( 2013-11-12 16:12:27 -0600 )edit

Thx. I have seen the notice page for ROS users. New error message in the edits. ;)

Arn-O gravatar imageArn-O ( 2013-11-17 15:05:17 -0600 )edit

Last update, I had to clean the catkin_ws rep and the rrbot is now working properly. My robot is still bugged.

Arn-O gravatar imageArn-O ( 2013-11-18 14:49:13 -0600 )edit

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answered 2013-11-18 16:07:12 -0600

nkoenig gravatar image

Here is an issue to track the youbot parameter tuning.

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Thx Nate. I will probably analyse the robot description part by part to identify where that this behavior comes from.

Arn-O gravatar imageArn-O ( 2013-11-19 03:12:08 -0600 )edit
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