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Robot Operating System Cookbook by Kumar Bipin

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Understanding the ROS actionlib

In the ROS computational network, there could be several cases where someone needs to send a request to a node to perform a task, and also receive a reply to that request. This can be possible via ROS services.

Nevertheless, in some cases, if the service takes a long time to execute or a requested service is not valid now, the client might want the ability to preempt the request during execution and get periodic feedback via a request progress status. The ROS tools provide the actionlib package to create servers that execute long-running goals that could be preempted or resubmitted.

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