I need a C++ script which can read through bags and do some processing, basically the structure is going to be

int main(int argc, char* argv[]){
  ros::init(argc, argv, node_name);
  ros::NodeHandle nh("~");

  // do stuff

  return 0;

where I create the nodehandle only to have a parameter server. I explicitly don't want this to have subscribers, as it'll be much faster just reading the bag and processing.

The problem is that this does not exit correctly, when ctrl+C the program keeps going and upon reaching return 0; it requires a ctrl+C for the launch file to close out on the terminal. How can I fix this? I'd like to avoid wrapping the entirety of // do stuff with a while (ros::ok())

Edit: The script responded fine to ctrl+C when it was rosrun, but launching it (which I need to for easy including yaml file, causes this behavior.

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Robotics Stack Exchange! Please update your question as it is difficult to understand your question. The tiny code you shared provides no information. I suggest sharing a minimum working example. Thank you for your kind cooperation. $\endgroup$
    – ravi
    Sep 7, 2023 at 3:29
  • $\begingroup$ There isn't a whole lot more to it, theres no spin or any normal ros content (lik pub/sub). It's just creating a node, accessing params, reading the bag file, and doing some processing. 100% offline $\endgroup$ Sep 7, 2023 at 4:14
  • $\begingroup$ And the problems are that ctrl+C doesn't interrupt the // do stuff section, nor does it end the launch file when the C++ script finishes. There's really not much more to it than that. What part is it you're not understanding? $\endgroup$ Sep 7, 2023 at 4:16
  • $\begingroup$ Try required="true" in the launch file wiki.ros.org/roslaunch/XML/node#Attributes $\endgroup$ Sep 7, 2023 at 15:50

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It sounds like you'd like to avoid the while(ros::ok()) pattern because you're reading from a bag file, so rather than running in a loop you plan to step through each individual message and then exit when complete (or sooner, if ctrl-c is detected).

We can use ros::ok() outside of a while loop. Here's a modified version of the rosbag code API example that does that:

#include <rosbag/bag.h>
#include <rosbag/view.h>
#include <std_msgs/Int32.h>

rosbag::Bag bag;
bag.open("test.bag");  // BagMode is Read by default

for(rosbag::MessageInstance const m: rosbag::View(bag))
  // read data
  std_msgs::Int32::ConstPtr i = m.instantiate<std_msgs::Int32>();
  if (i != nullptr)
    std::cout << i->data << std::endl;

  // exit loop if node is told to shut down
  if (!ros::ok())


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