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Using this recipe (with Indigo) from http://moveit.ros.org/wiki/PR2/Gazebo/Quick_Start I try to get my (crustcrawler/dynamixel) arm working in gazebo. For my complete config see http://fwn06.housing.rug.nl/ros/my_movit.

I start gazebo and then "roslaunch my_movit smart_arm_moveit_planning_execution.launch"

During the start I get the following error:

[ INFO] [1427716093.344226043, 51.360000000]: MoveitSimpleControllerManager: Waiting for arm_controller/follow_joint_trajectory to come up
[ INFO] [1427716096.761115168, 54.769000000]: Loading robot model 'smart_arm'...
[ INFO] [1427716096.761200375, 54.769000000]: No root joint specified. Assuming fixed joint
[ERROR] [1427716098.358135532, 56.360000000]: MoveitSimpleControllerManager: Action client not connected: arm_controller/follow_joint_trajectory

My controller.yaml is

controller_manager_ns: smart_arm_controller_manager
 - name: arm_controller
   action_ns: follow_joint_trajectory
   type: FollowJointTrajectory
   default: true
      [ shoulder_pan_joint, shoulder_pitch_joint, elbow_flex_joint,  wrist_roll_joint ]

The setting of name and action_ns is a bit of a guess, and I think that the question is how to connect this to the description in my smart_arm.urdf. Does it has to do with the value of robotSimType in the gazebo-plugin setting?

Can anybody give me a pointer? Thanks in advance, Sietse

Originally posted by Sietse on ROS Answers with karma: 168 on 2015-03-30

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Here is a working example from my robot. This is the arm section of the robot's ctrlr_params.yaml file:

  type: position_controllers/JointTrajectoryController
    - arm_base_joint
    - shoulder_joint
    - elbow_joint
    - wrist_roll_joint
    - wrist_pitch_joint
    - wrist_yaw_joint
  stop_trajectory_duration: 0.1
  state_publish_rate: 1.0

Here is the transmission definition for arm_base_joint from the robot's URDF file:

  <transmission name="arm_base_trans">
    <joint name="arm_base_joint">
    <actuator name="arm_base_act">

Originally posted by Jim Rothrock with karma: 792 on 2015-03-30

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Comment by Sietse on 2015-04-02:
Thanks for the answer. I now am a little bit further. I will refrase my problem in a new question.


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