And if you want to be able to specify additional settings of a driver, try the properties API.
Exception handling is very light in player at the moment, It is something that I would like to see work on for player 2.2/3.0 but will have to see how timing all goes.
If you want a generic request, use the opaque interface.
Paul Osmialowski wrote:
> Yup, that would solve the problem and I guess I'll make use of that.
> However I was thinking about something more generic, as I can imagine more
> situations where server side would be interested in throwing exceptions to
> client side.
> Also a friend of mine asked me about possibility of sending generic
> request to any interface. So far only opaque and ptz interfaces have such
> a request while it would be great to have it for building custom drivers
> (for example, recently I was making camera plugin driver for Canon
> snaposhot camera; there's no way to send "make snapshot" request, so I had
> to violate camera interface a bit; generic request would solve this
> problem without need to change anything inside the interface spec).
> On Tue, 29 Apr 2008, Jack O'Quin wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 1:57 AM, Paul Osmialowski <email@example.com> wrote:
>>> I'm about to redesign Roomba driver a bit so it would be able to force
>>> docking whenever voltage is below given threshold. Roomba driver provides
>>> (among others) position2d interface which can be used by a client program
>>> to read odometry clues. Unfortunately, during docking process odometry
>>> cannot be read from robots microcontroller, so the driver should not
>>> publish anything on position2d interface. Is there any generic way for a
>>> driver to notify client side that it should not read data from given
>>> interface (or that the driver is in somewhat unstable state and the data
>>> may have no real meanings)?
>> Maybe not what you had in mind, but the driver could return stalled=1
>> in that situation.
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