Text middleware

This is the simplest way to export information from MORSE. The data gathered by components configured to use this “middleware” will be stored in simple text files. Currently this middleware is only used to output information, so it is only available for sensors.

File names used in MORSE have the following format: [robot_name]_[component_name].txt. Each file will have a header stating the name of the robot and the sensor, as well as the position of the sensor with respect to the center of the robot. The position is given with the format:

(distance, globalVector(3), localVector(3))

Where globalVector is a list of 3 elements with the X, Y and Z coordinates of the sensor with respect to the global origin, and localVector gives the coordinates with respect to the position of the robot.

After the header there is a blank line, and then the data captured by the sensor is printed using this format:

==> Data at X,Y,Z: [3.001482 -5.997612 0.036998] yaw,pitch,roll: [0.002257 0.004322 -0.005083] | time 3.08
    dx = -0.000040
    dy = 0.000089
    dz = 0.000492
    dyaw = -0.000292
    dpitch = -0.000182
    droll = 0.002484
  • The first line starts with the string ‘==>’, and shows the position and orientation of the robot at the moment the data is captured. It also indicates the time, measured in seconds, since the simulation was started.
  • The following lines show the contents of the sensor’s local_data dictionary, each line containing one (key, value) pair. In the example, the data is from the Odometry sensor.


  • Python: $MORSE_ROOT/src/morse/modifiers/text_datastream.py

Configuration specifics

When configuring a component to export its data through the “text” middleware, you can pass the option file to specify the name of the file written by the component.

foo.add_stream('text', file = '/tmp/my_comp.log')