# Getting ros2 time to stamp the PoseStamped message

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Samantha Kamel on 1 Jul 2022
Answered: Cam Salzberger on 4 Aug 2022
I work with a ros2 system in which my algorithm sends as an output a navigation message using the geometry_msgs/PoseStamped. The problem is that I want to assign the time stamp parameter with the value of ros2 time and the only function available for that is rostime("now") which works only with ros not ros2 that's why I get the error:
The global ROS node is not initialized. Use "rosinit" to start the global node and connect to a ROS network.
So I'm looking for a solution to get the time of ros2 or find a way to make the system time in a format of the time stamp of the output message.
That is the code I'm using to assign the output message:
msg= ros2message("geometry_msgs/PoseStamped");
msg.pose.position.x=pos(1); %pos is a variable assigned previously in the code
msg.pose.position.y=pos(2);
msg.pose.position.z=0;
msg.orientation.x=0;
msg.orientation.y=0;
msg.orientation.z=theta;
msg.orientation.w=1;
[s,ns]= getTime; %getTime Function
%getTime Function:
function [s,ns] = getTime
t = rostime('now');
s = t.Sec;
ns = t.Nsec;
end

Cam Salzberger on 4 Aug 2022
Hello Samantha,
I don't have MATLAB in front of me to check, but if you want to use system time, I think using datetime and convertTo would be easier than starting a ROS Master:
currTime = datetime("now");
currTimePosix = convertTo(currTime, "posixtime");
sec = floor(currTimePosix);
nsec = round((currTimePosix-sec)*1e9);
msg.sec = sec;
msg.nsec = nsec
msg = struct with fields:
sec: 1.6596e+09 nsec: 834337950
-Cam