I am using webots 2022b inside of a docker container. In my vs code, it runs fine, but when I try to run the command straight from the docker container, I am running into an issue where the controller program instantly exits with code-11 but no output or error message.

[ERROR] [driver-2]: process has died [pid 66, exit code -11, cmd '/opt/ros/galactic/lib/webots_ros2_driver/driver __log_level:=debug --log-level debug --ros-args --params-file /tmp/launch_params_ec8xrm55'].

With rclcpp print statements, I have narrowed the crash down to occur on this line:

keyboard_ = node_->robot()->getKeyboard();

I've been stuck on this for a couple days now; I have a couple directions the solution may go: either enable some lower level of logging that will let me see an error message I can work with (I have tried adding arguments=[('__log_level:=debug'), '--log-level', 'debug'] to the driver node in the launch file but those don't seem to work),

or alternatively maybe there is some setting in docker I can give to pass the keyboard through to the container in a way that webots expects? I have tried a couple things like using docker run -it to give terminal emulation.

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    $\begingroup$ If it crashes at the line you indicate, it probably means that node_->robot() returns NULL. Can you check if it is the case? $\endgroup$ Dec 6, 2022 at 11:02
  • $\begingroup$ @OlivierMichel I don't think so, in previous lines I have several things like camera_ = node_->robot()->getCamera("CAM"); which work fine. However, I will explicitly check for you $\endgroup$
    – Rugnir
    Dec 6, 2022 at 11:35
  • $\begingroup$ @OlivierMichel Yep I checked an it is not == nullptr, I can also rclcpp output node_->robot()->getName() and get a correct result (in this case our companyname+robot) $\endgroup$
    – Rugnir
    Dec 6, 2022 at 11:54
  • $\begingroup$ That's very odd since the getKeyboard method is extremely simple and cannot crash normally... So, I would suspect that you compiled with a version of libController and you are executing it with a different version. Could it be the case? $\endgroup$ Dec 6, 2022 at 12:58
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    $\begingroup$ It seems you are using both a Webots docker and the webots_ros2 package. Are they running inside the same docker? I am still convinced that there may be a version mismatch between Webots (you are using Webots R2022b) and the ROS 2 package webots_ros2 for galactic which is currently version 2023.0.0 corresponding to Webots R2023a. Could you please better explain how you put together Webots and webots_ros2? Can you share your Dockerfiles if any? $\endgroup$ Dec 7, 2022 at 12:42

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It turns out that as Oliver Michel had said, there was a version mismatch between the compiling version of webots and the executing. In this case, it was as simple as I was colcon building in a window of vs code that I had opened weeks ago, and as such was still using webots 2022a, even though I had long since updated the dockerfile to force using 2022b.

Compiling with one version and running against another perhaps predictably caused these unusual errors. Rebuilding my vscode container so I could colcon build in the newer version solved my problem.


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