soem repository

Repository Summary

Checkout URI https://github.com/mgruhler/soem.git
VCS Type git
VCS Version master
Last Updated 2019-09-19
Dev Status MAINTAINED
Released RELEASED

Packages

Name Version
soem 1.4.0

README

SOEM for ROS

Table of Contents

SOEM ROS Package Upgrade

This package has been upgraded to the new Release of the upstream SOEM repo v1.4.0. This upgrade brings not only the new release, but also changes to the catkin plumbing. This allows you to use soem from within your regular ROS workspace. So you don't need to specify ${soem_INCLUDE_DIRS}/soem in the include_directories section of your package anymore. The changes to the build system are backwards compatible.

If you experience problems with the new version, please try to revert to tag v1.3.0 and test if this solves your issues.

Package Description

SOEM is an open source EtherCAT master library written in C. Its primary target is Linux but can be adapted to other OS and embedded systems.

SOEM has originally been hosted at http://developer.berlios.de/projects/soem/ but has been moved to GitHub and the OpenEtherCATsociety organisation.

This package contains the upstream SOEM repository as a git subtree and wraps it to be easily used within ROS.

Disclaimer: This package is not a development package for SOEM, but rather a wrapper to provide SOEM to ROS. In the end, this just provides the CMake quirks that allows releasing SOEM as a ROS package.

All bug reports regarding the original SOEM source code should go to the bugtracker at https://github.com/OpenEtherCATsociety/SOEM/issues.

All ROS related issues should target the bug tracker on GitHub (but might be redirected ;-)).

Obviously, any support, being it bug reports or pull requests (obviously preferred) are highly welcome!

Installation

If soem has been released for your respective ROS distribution, you can simply install it using

sudo apt install ros-<DISTRO>-soem

Currently, soem has been released for ROS indigo, kinetic and melodic. If you want to use soem from source, please check out the section about Development.

Usage

To use soem in your ROS package add the following to your package.xmland CMakeLists.txt, respectively.

In your package.xml add:

  <build_depend>soem</build_depend>
  <exec_depend>soem</exec_depend>

and in your CMakeLists.txt, add it to find_package and adapt the include_directories as shown:

find_package(catkin REQUIRED COMPONENTS
  ...
  soem
  ...
)

include_directories(
  ...
  ${catkin_INCLUDE_DIRS}
)

Running without sudo/root

SOEM requires access to certain network capabilities as it is using raw sockets, and as such any executable linking against SOEM needs to be run with certain privileges. Typically, you run any SOEM executables with sudo or as root. Tis is impractical for any ROS system, and as such there exists a tool called ethercat_grant that helps with that.

Install with

sudo apt install ros-<DISTRO>-ethercat-ethercat_grant

and add the following to your your node tag in your launchfile

launch-prefix="ethercat_grant

Development

With the integration of the upstream SOEM repo as a git subtree, and a major overhaul of the build system, it is now possible to use the soem ROS package easily from your regular ROS workspace.

Simply clone this repository into your workspace

git clone git@github.com:mgruhler/soem.git

Note that if you want to update or patch the subtree which includes the SOEM upstream repository, you need to be sure to do this properly. When creating this, I followed the instructions in this Atlassian blog post. This covers all the things you need.

This package has been tested using both, catkin_make and catkin build.

Repository Summary

Checkout URI https://github.com/mgruhler/soem.git
VCS Type git
VCS Version master
Last Updated 2019-09-19
Dev Status MAINTAINED
Released RELEASED

Packages

Name Version
soem 1.4.0

README

SOEM for ROS

Table of Contents

SOEM ROS Package Upgrade

This package has been upgraded to the new Release of the upstream SOEM repo v1.4.0. This upgrade brings not only the new release, but also changes to the catkin plumbing. This allows you to use soem from within your regular ROS workspace. So you don't need to specify ${soem_INCLUDE_DIRS}/soem in the include_directories section of your package anymore. The changes to the build system are backwards compatible.

If you experience problems with the new version, please try to revert to tag v1.3.0 and test if this solves your issues.

Package Description

SOEM is an open source EtherCAT master library written in C. Its primary target is Linux but can be adapted to other OS and embedded systems.

SOEM has originally been hosted at http://developer.berlios.de/projects/soem/ but has been moved to GitHub and the OpenEtherCATsociety organisation.

This package contains the upstream SOEM repository as a git subtree and wraps it to be easily used within ROS.

Disclaimer: This package is not a development package for SOEM, but rather a wrapper to provide SOEM to ROS. In the end, this just provides the CMake quirks that allows releasing SOEM as a ROS package.

All bug reports regarding the original SOEM source code should go to the bugtracker at https://github.com/OpenEtherCATsociety/SOEM/issues.

All ROS related issues should target the bug tracker on GitHub (but might be redirected ;-)).

Obviously, any support, being it bug reports or pull requests (obviously preferred) are highly welcome!

Installation

If soem has been released for your respective ROS distribution, you can simply install it using

sudo apt install ros-<DISTRO>-soem

Currently, soem has been released for ROS indigo, kinetic and melodic. If you want to use soem from source, please check out the section about Development.

Usage

To use soem in your ROS package add the following to your package.xmland CMakeLists.txt, respectively.

In your package.xml add:

  <build_depend>soem</build_depend>
  <exec_depend>soem</exec_depend>

and in your CMakeLists.txt, add it to find_package and adapt the include_directories as shown:

find_package(catkin REQUIRED COMPONENTS
  ...
  soem
  ...
)

include_directories(
  ...
  ${catkin_INCLUDE_DIRS}
)

Running without sudo/root

SOEM requires access to certain network capabilities as it is using raw sockets, and as such any executable linking against SOEM needs to be run with certain privileges. Typically, you run any SOEM executables with sudo or as root. Tis is impractical for any ROS system, and as such there exists a tool called ethercat_grant that helps with that.

Install with

sudo apt install ros-<DISTRO>-ethercat-ethercat_grant

and add the following to your your node tag in your launchfile

launch-prefix="ethercat_grant

Development

With the integration of the upstream SOEM repo as a git subtree, and a major overhaul of the build system, it is now possible to use the soem ROS package easily from your regular ROS workspace.

Simply clone this repository into your workspace

git clone git@github.com:mgruhler/soem.git

Note that if you want to update or patch the subtree which includes the SOEM upstream repository, you need to be sure to do this properly. When creating this, I followed the instructions in this Atlassian blog post. This covers all the things you need.

This package has been tested using both, catkin_make and catkin build.