So I am new to ros2 and ros2_control. I am projecting a wheelchair with a rotating 2d LiDAR, to make a cheap 3d LiDAR. My problem is, I cannot solve the controller manager issue with the rotating LiDAR, i have looked in multiple tutorials and this problem doesn't go away. I started testing just the controller manager and it doesn't seem to work, even though I have installed all the necessaries packages.

I ran this on my terminal

ros2 run controller_manager spawner joint_trajectory_controller

and this was the result

$ ros2 run controller_manager spawner joint_trajectory_controller
[INFO] [1718035424.759147266] [spawner_joint_trajectory_controller]: Waiting for '/controller_manager' node to exist
[INFO] [1718035426.783524107] [spawner_joint_trajectory_controller]: Waiting for '/controller_manager' node to exist
[INFO] [1718035428.808219884] [spawner_joint_trajectory_controller]: Waiting for '/controller_manager' node to exist
[INFO] [1718035430.832621980] [spawner_joint_trajectory_controller]: Waiting for '/controller_manager' node to exist
[ERROR] [1718035432.856900297] [spawner_joint_trajectory_controller]: Controller manager not available
[ros2run]: Process exited with failure 1

this is the code i am using for ros2_control:

    update_rate: 30
    use_sim_time: true

      type: joint_trajectory_controller/JointTrajectoryController
      type: joint_state_broadcaster/JointStateBroadcaster
      - MotorLidar
      - position
      - position
      - effort
      - velocity

    state_publish_rate: 30.0
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<robot xmlns:xacro="http://www.ros.org/wiki/xacro">

    <ros2_control name="GazeboSystem" type="system">

        <joint name="MotorLidar">
            <command_interface name="position">
                <param name="min">-2</param>
                <param name="max">2</param>
                <param name="initial_value">0</param>
            <state_interface name="position" />
            <state_interface name="velocity" />
            <state_interface name="effort" />

        <plugin name="diff_drive" filename="libgazebo_ros_diff_drive.so">

            <!-- Wheel Information -->

            <!-- Limits -->

            <!-- Output -->



        <plugin filename="libgazebo_ros2_control" name="gazebo_ros2_control" >
            <parameters>$(find cadeira)/config/joint_controller.yaml</parameters>


this is my launch file:

import os

from ament_index_python.packages import get_package_share_directory

from launch import LaunchDescription
from launch.actions import IncludeLaunchDescription, ExecuteProcess
from launch.launch_description_sources import PythonLaunchDescriptionSource

from launch_ros.actions import Node

def generate_launch_description():


    rsp = IncludeLaunchDescription(
                )]), launch_arguments={'use_sim_time': 'true'}.items()
    gazebo = IncludeLaunchDescription(
                    get_package_share_directory('gazebo_ros'), 'launch', 'gazebo.launch.py')]),

    spawn_entity = Node(package='gazebo_ros', executable='spawn_entity.py',
                        arguments=['-topic', 'robot_description',
                                   '-entity', 'my_bot'],

    load_joint_state_broadcaster = ExecuteProcess(
        cmd=['ros2', 'control', 'load_controller', '--set-state', 'active',
    load_joint_trajectory_controller = ExecuteProcess(
        cmd=['ros2', 'control', 'load_controller', '--set-state', 'active',

    # Launch them all!
    return LaunchDescription([

and this is the output I get when a launch it:

$ ros2 launch cadeira launch_sim.launch.py 
[INFO] [launch]: All log files can be found below /home/ic/.ros/log/2024-06-11-13-05-54-777817-ic-Nitro-AN515-51-8442
[INFO] [launch]: Default logging verbosity is set to INFO
[INFO] [robot_state_publisher-1]: process started with pid [8446]
[INFO] [gzserver-2]: process started with pid [8448]
[INFO] [gzclient-3]: process started with pid [8450]
[INFO] [spawn_entity.py-4]: process started with pid [8452]
[INFO] [ros2-5]: process started with pid [8454]
[INFO] [ros2-6]: process started with pid [8456]
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453071547] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment ApoioBracoDireito
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453273800] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment ApoioBracoEsquerdo
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453294493] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment ApoioCostas
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453305103] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment ApoioLidar
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453313870] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment BaseDireita
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453322761] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment BaseEsquerda
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453332115] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment ColunaDireitaDianteira_2
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453341919] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment ColunaDireitaTraseira
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453351422] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment ColunaEsquerdaDianteira
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453360727] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment ColunaEsquerdaTraseira
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453369943] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment Lidar
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453379442] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment RodaDireitaDianteira
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453388548] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment RodaDireitaTraseira
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453398134] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment RodaEsquerdaDianteira
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453406878] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment RodaEsquerdaTraseira
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453415503] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment base_link
[robot_state_publisher-1] [INFO] [1718121956.453423873] [robot_state_publisher]: got segment robot_base
[spawn_entity.py-4] [INFO] [1718121956.961788878] [spawn_entity]: Spawn Entity started
[spawn_entity.py-4] [INFO] [1718121956.962362076] [spawn_entity]: Loading entity published on topic robot_description
[spawn_entity.py-4] /opt/ros/iron/lib/python3.10/site-packages/rclpy/qos.py:313: UserWarning: DurabilityPolicy.RMW_QOS_POLICY_DURABILITY_TRANSIENT_LOCAL is deprecated. Use DurabilityPolicy.TRANSIENT_LOCAL instead.
[spawn_entity.py-4]   warnings.warn(
[spawn_entity.py-4] [INFO] [1718121956.965476395] [spawn_entity]: Waiting for entity xml on robot_description
[spawn_entity.py-4] [INFO] [1718121956.976774027] [spawn_entity]: Waiting for service /spawn_entity, timeout = 30
[spawn_entity.py-4] [INFO] [1718121956.977335027] [spawn_entity]: Waiting for service /spawn_entity
[spawn_entity.py-4] [INFO] [1718121957.985194296] [spawn_entity]: Calling service /spawn_entity
[spawn_entity.py-4] [INFO] [1718121958.353158646] [spawn_entity]: Spawn status: SpawnEntity: Successfully spawned entity [my_bot]
[gzserver-2] [INFO] [1718121958.392211503] [diff_drive]: Wheel pair 1 separation set to [0.150000m]
[gzserver-2] [INFO] [1718121958.392816441] [diff_drive]: Wheel pair 1 diameter set to [0.400000m]
[gzserver-2] [INFO] [1718121958.395233565] [diff_drive]: Subscribed to [/cmd_vel]
[gzserver-2] [INFO] [1718121958.403905390] [diff_drive]: Advertise odometry on [/odom]
[gzserver-2] [INFO] [1718121958.411997170] [diff_drive]: Publishing odom transforms between [odom] and [robot_base]
[gzserver-2] [INFO] [1718121958.412046172] [diff_drive]: Publishing wheel transforms between [robot_base], [MotorEsquerdo] and [MotorDireito]
[INFO] [spawn_entity.py-4]: process has finished cleanly [pid 8452]
[ros2-6] Could not contact service /controller_manager/load_controller
[ros2-5] Could not contact service /controller_manager/load_controller
[ERROR] [ros2-6]: process has died [pid 8456, exit code 1, cmd 'ros2 control load_controller --set-state active joint_trajectory_controller'].
[ERROR] [ros2-5]: process has died [pid 8454, exit code 1, cmd 'ros2 control load_controller --set-state active joint_state_broadcaster'].

github with all my files: https://github.com/Victorms4/ic-cadeira.git

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Please add the whole console output. Typically, the error happened earlier and the Waiting for 'controller_manager' node to exist is only a result of that. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 7 at 10:51
  • $\begingroup$ That is the whole console output. I tried posting a printscreen but it doesn't seem to be loading, however I did update the console output and didn't left my own input this time. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 10 at 16:13
  • $\begingroup$ OK you are calling the spawner only. But what about the console output when you launch your model in gazebo classic? it seems that gazebo_ros2_control was not loaded properly. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 11 at 5:41
  • $\begingroup$ I edited in the whole console output and my launch file. The model is being properly loaded. To my knowledge I am having problems only with ros2_control and the controller_manager. Thanks for your patience, I appreciate any help! $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 11 at 16:11

1 Answer 1


There is not a single log output from gazebo_ros2_control.

By comparing your URDF with the demos, the only difference I see now is the filename: Can you try filename="libgazebo_ros2_control.so" instead?

  • $\begingroup$ It worked! After i changed that, the error logs became more clear, and I was able to correct other errors in my code. Thank you for your help and for your time! $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 12 at 17:50

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