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I am running Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS 16.04 in WSL with ROS kinetic.

While calculating several cartesian paths for a staubli_tx260l (6axes industrial robot) with the compute_cartesian_path service, it happens that sometimes the path is invalid, since the joint positions along the paths are not continuous, see for example picture below.

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The flip happens between the 4th and the 5th position, where the robot should move from position

[-0.8164353348567588, -1.0937959386772529, 1.4667880334652406, 1.9230484632374774, 0.3627698072434711, 3.9772405581658408]


[2.0767835783263866, -0.4576791782176186, 1.4568906881126429, -2.735827535224531, 1.191242394368736, -0.2624960939982821]

This is the MoveIt log:

[ INFO] [1560442288.701454600]: Received request to compute Cartesian path
[ INFO] [1560442288.707727800]: Attempting to follow 2 waypoints for link 'robotB_speaker_tcp' using a step of 0.010000 m and jump threshold 0.000000 (in global reference frame)
[ INFO] [1560442288.748145300]: Computed Cartesian path with 15 points (followed 100.000000% of requested trajectory)

I am using a custom moveit package for the staubli robot, but the same occurred also with the ur5_moveit_package. So I guess the problem has to do with the planning algorithm rather than the model.

Is this a bug or do I miss some setting?

Thanks in advance!

Best, Romana

Originally posted by romana on ROS Answers with karma: 3 on 2019-06-13

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Comment by jarvisschultz on 2019-06-13:
The jump_threshold parameter passed to the compute_cartesian_path method is used to control the maximum joint angle jumps between successive joint angles to still be considered a valid path. What are you setting for that value?


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and jump threshold 0.000000

so 0, meaning : disabled, meaning: all joint configurations are acceptable.

So I guess the problem has to do with the planning algorithm

there is no planning. compute_cartesian_path(..) only interpolates.

Originally posted by gvdhoorn with karma: 86574 on 2019-06-13

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Comment by jarvisschultz on 2019-06-13:
@gvdhoorn oops.... didn't read the question carefully enough. That jump_threshold is very likely the error. You are also correct that compute_cartesian_path does no planning. Only interpolation, collision checking, and joint limit checking.

Comment by romana on 2019-06-14:
Thank you very much for your quick reply, this seems obvious now ;)

I changed it and it works now!

While wondering in which situations such a parameter could be of use, I stumbled also over this thread: https://github.com/ros-planning/moveit/issues/773

Comment by [email protected] on 2019-06-25:
hello, i have a problem with add Cartesian to Rviz. im using ros kinetic 16.04.5. Someone help me?

Comment by gvdhoorn on 2019-06-26:
@[email protected]: please don't post comments on questions asking for help. You've already posted a question.

Comment by [email protected] on 2019-06-26:
@gvhhoorn http://answers.ros.org/question/326916/how-to-add-cartesian-path-planner-moveit-plugin-in-rviz/ my question but nobody answers :<

Comment by gvdhoorn on 2019-06-26:
That is still not a reason to post comments on tangentially related questions. If nobody answers, perhaps nobody knows or they don't have time.


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