robotpy cscore seg fault on Raspberry Pi


Hi All,

I’ve been working on getting a camera to work on an Rpi.

I built opencv per the instructions found here:

apropos, I used the sources from
(hence, using 3.4.3)

I then built robotpy cscore per the instructions at (non roborio platforms).

As you’ll see below, I have a couple print statements wrapped around the call to grabFrame. I get the 1st, but not the 2nd. So, it appears getFrame is seg-faulting.

Any idea what I am (or did) wrong?

Code looks like:

    cs = CameraServer.getInstance()
    cam = UsbCamera('logi c170', 0)
    cam.setResolution(640, 480)
    # Get a CvSink. This will capture images from the camera
    cvSink = cs.getVideo(camera=cam)
    # (optional) Setup a CvSource. This will send images back to the Dashboard
    outputStream = cs.putVideo("Rectangle", 640, 480)
    # Allocating new images is very expensive, always try to preallocate
    img = np.zeros(shape=(480, 640, 3), dtype=np.uint8)    

    while True:
        # Tell the CvSink to grab a frame from the camera and put it
        # in the source image.  If there is an error notify the output.
        time, img = cvSink.grabFrame(img,0.5)
        print(time, img)

Output looks like:

INFO:nt:NetworkTables initialized in client mode thread nt-dispatch-thread-0 thread nt-client-thread-0
DEBUG:nt:client connected thread nt-net-write-0 thread nt-net-read-0
INFO:nt:CONNECTED roborio-1289-frc.local port 1735 (Robot) thread entry-notifier-0
INFO:cscore:logi c170: Connecting to USB camera on /dev/video0
INFO:cscore:logi c170: set format 1 res 160x120
INFO:cscore:logi c170: Connecting to USB camera on /dev/video0
INFO:cscore:logi c170: set format 1 res 640x480
INFO:cscore:logi c170: set FPS to 30
INFO:cscore.cserver:CameraServer 'serve_Rectangle' listening on port 1181
Segmentation fault


I’ve never tried 3.4.x, but I can’t imagine there’s a good reason why it would break in that way. It would be good to know why the segfault is occuring – can you install GDB and get a stack trace and post that here?


See below. I’m assuming the executable I use is python3 - it appears to have generated an appropriate stack trace.

pi@dex:~ $ gdb /usr/bin/python3 core
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Reading symbols from /usr/bin/python3...(no debugging symbols found)...done.

warning: core file may not match specified executable file.
[New LWP 5661]
[New LWP 5667]
[New LWP 5662]
[New LWP 5666]
[New LWP 5672]
[New LWP 5671]
[New LWP 5670]
[New LWP 5664]
[New LWP 5663]
[New LWP 5674]
[New LWP 5669]
[New LWP 5673]
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
Using host libthread_db library "/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/".
Core was generated by `/usr/bin/python3 ./'.
Program terminated with signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
#0  0x7101c0b8 in cv::imdecode(cv::_InputArray const&, int, cv::Mat*) ()
   from /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/
(gdb) bt
#0  0x7101c0b8 in cv::imdecode(cv::_InputArray const&, int, cv::Mat*) ()
   from /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/
#1  0x7133530c in cs::Frame::ConvertMJPEGToBGR(cs::Image*) ()
   from /usr/local/lib/python3.4/dist-packages/cscore/
#2  0x71338bc4 in cs::Frame::GetImage(int, int, cs::VideoMode::PixelFormat, int) () from /usr/local/lib/python3.4/dist-packages/cscore/
#3  0x71338e0c in cs::Frame::GetCv(cv::Mat&, int, int) ()
   from /usr/local/lib/python3.4/dist-packages/cscore/
#4  0x71331434 in cs::CvSinkImpl::GrabFrame(cv::Mat&, double) ()
   from /usr/local/lib/python3.4/dist-packages/cscore/
#5  0x00000000 in ?? ()
(gdb) Quit


A little more… I’ve been looking at the opencv code for imdecode (in modules/imgcodecs/src/loadsave.cpp) and see the following:

Mat imdecode( InputArray _buf, int flags, Mat* dst )

    Mat buf = _buf.getMat(), img;
    dst = dst ? dst : &img;
    imdecode_( buf, flags, LOAD_MAT, dst );

    /// optionally rotate the data if EXIF' orientation flag says so
    if( !dst->empty() && (flags & IMREAD_IGNORE_ORIENTATION) == 0 && flags != IMREAD_UNCHANGED )
        ApplyExifOrientation(buf, *dst);

    return *dst;

Admittedly my c++ fu is rusty - but in the comma assignment statement for buf, where is ‘img’ coming from? Given the stacktrace doesn’t show a call to imdecode_ this has my spidy-sense tingling. But I really can’t believe that this would get through to a tagged version of the code. So, I’m more than likely wrong.


That’s weird, why do your libraries have ‘2.4’ in them? Do you have a different version of opencv installed? I don’t think it’s linking to the right version…


May well could be.

I was using an old SD card that has a bunch of other stuff on it.

FWIW, I bought a new card, put Stretch-Lite on it, and then followed the instructions at except that I cloned the sources from github, and made sure to do a git checkout of tags/3.4.3. I made sure to use the instructions for python3 as well.

I did use the virtual environment method, and have gotten to the point where I’m getting a frame with no segfault.

No data in the frame either, but that’s for another thread :slight_smile: