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Writing a Simple Action Client (Python)Description: This tutorial covers using the action_client library to create a Fibonacci simple action client in Python.
Tutorial Level: BEGINNER
1 #! /usr/bin/env python 2 3 import rospy 4 from __future__ import print_function 5 6 # Brings in the SimpleActionClient 7 import actionlib 8 9 # Brings in the messages used by the fibonacci action, including the 10 # goal message and the result message. 11 import actionlib_tutorials.msg 12 13 def fibonacci_client(): 14 # Creates the SimpleActionClient, passing the type of the action 15 # (FibonacciAction) to the constructor. 16 client = actionlib.SimpleActionClient('fibonacci', actionlib_tutorials.msg.FibonacciAction) 17 18 # Waits until the action server has started up and started 19 # listening for goals. 20 client.wait_for_server() 21 22 # Creates a goal to send to the action server. 23 goal = actionlib_tutorials.msg.FibonacciGoal(order=20) 24 25 # Sends the goal to the action server. 26 client.send_goal(goal) 27 28 # Waits for the server to finish performing the action. 29 client.wait_for_result() 30 31 # Prints out the result of executing the action 32 return client.get_result() # A FibonacciResult 33 34 if __name__ == '__main__': 35 try: 36 # Initializes a rospy node so that the SimpleActionClient can 37 # publish and subscribe over ROS. 38 rospy.init_node('fibonacci_client_py') 39 result = fibonacci_client() 40 print("Result:", ', '.join([str(n) for n in result.sequence])) 41 except rospy.ROSInterruptException: 42 print("program interrupted before completion", file=sys.stderr)
The Code, explained
11 import actionlib_tutorials.msg
The action specification generates several messages for sending goals, receiving feedback, etc... This line imports the generated messages.
16 client = actionlib.SimpleActionClient('fibonacci', actionlib_tutorials.msg.FibonacciAction)
The action client and server communicate over a set of topics, described in the actionlib protocol. The action name describes the namespace containing these topics, and the action specification message describes what messages should be passed along these topics.
Sending goals before the action server comes up would be useless. This line waits until we are connected to the action server.
Creates a goal and sends it to the action server.
The action server will process the goal and eventually terminate. We want the result from the termination, but we wait until the server has finished with the goal.
Running the Client
Before running the client, we assume roscore ans Action server are already running from previous page.
Start the client. It will start up, send a goal to the server, wait for the goal to complete, and then exit.
$ rosrun actionlib_tutorials fibonacci_client.py