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ROS2 Simulink Toolbox not publishing

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Natasha Nakashima
Natasha Nakashima on 7 Oct 2020
Commented: Cam Salzberger on 19 Jul 2021 at 14:18
Hi,
I am creating a simple example of publish/subscribe using the ROS2 Simulink toolbox to test connecting to a ROS2 Network. I have two computers on the same subnet mask: an Ubuntu 20.04 running ROS2 Foxy and a Windows 10 running the Matlab 2020b ROS Toolbox.
I can publish from my Ubuntu and view the message in Simulink, but when I use Simulink to publish something, I receive nothing on my Ubuntu computer.
I receive no error during the execution. And also, I have configured the ROS_DOMAIN_ID on both machines.
Would anyone have any idea for a possible workaround for this problem?
Thanks!

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Cam Salzberger
Cam Salzberger on 25 Oct 2020
Edited: Cam Salzberger on 25 May 2021
Hello Natasha,
Changes to the way communication through ROS 2 is done in Foxy that results in it being incompatible with earlier releases of ROS by default. This occurs in standard ROS 2 installations as well (outside of MATLAB). R2020b is using ROS 2 Dashing and the default DDS implementation of Fast-RTPS, so it is also affected by this issue. Here are some workarounds:
Use Dashing
The easiest solution would be to install Dashing on Ubuntu, if that is possible for your use of ROS 2.
Use Cyclone DDS with Foxy
Another workaround would be to switch the Foxy installation to use the Cyclone DDS implementation that comes packages with the Foxy binary installation. See these instructions on how to install Cyclone DDS, if required, and these instructions on how to specify the RMW implementation to use.
Change Profiles XML for RTI Connext DDS with Foxy
In the Foxy release note, there is a similar incompatibility noted, specific to the RTI Connext back-end. There is a workaround suggested in that note.
-Cam
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Cam Salzberger
Cam Salzberger on 19 Jul 2021 at 14:18
Hello Harun,
R2021b is still supporting Dashing. We are working on Foxy back-end support for a future release.
See this answer for additional troubleshooting steps for connectivity.
-Cam

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