Motion - Bug Report 2005x 02x 03x 035918
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BUG: Network error for a single netcam thread causes motion to quit everything.

I run motion with multiple network cameras. At startup, if one of my cameras refuses a network connection then motion quits.

This behavior is not good for an automated environment (e.g. motion could just try that thread again later).

Test case

I've set up three Panasonic Network cameras configured in three thread files. The last one (3) is wireless, and sometimes has network errors.

Here are the relevant lines from /var/log/messages:

Feb  2 13:45:09 cpe1 motion: Netcam: thread 1: starting...
Feb  2 13:45:09 cpe1 motion: Netcam: thread 2: starting...
Feb  2 13:45:09 cpe1 motion: Netcam: thread 3: starting...
Feb  2 13:45:09 cpe1 motion: Netcam: can't connect to server
Feb  2 13:45:09 cpe1 motion: Capture error Connection refused

Here is the output from motion:

Processing thread 0 - config file motion.conf
Processing thread 1 - config file /usr/config/
Processing thread 2 - config file /usr/config/
Processing thread 3 - config file /usr/config/
Webcam port for thread 1 is 0
Webcam port for thread 2 is 0
Webcam port for thread 3 is 0
Thread1 device: input: -1
Netcam: thread 1: starting...
Thread2 device: input: -1
Thread3 device: input: -1
Netcam: thread 2: starting...
Netcam: thread 3: starting...
Netcam: can't connect to server
[it then quits the entire motion process]


Motion version: 3.1.18
ffmpeg version: 0.4.8
Shared libraries: curl, xmlrpc, ffmpeg
Server OS: Linux 2.4.21-20.EL

-- BruceDurham - 03 Feb 2005

Follow up

That seems a bug , only the thread that fails should finish . That happens in the first call to vid_start() and if it fails motion exit or when a fatal error happens in netcam_next() ( Timeout Connection , Timeout Reconnection , Too many failures in Frames , etc ...).

-- AngelCarpintero - 03 Feb 2005

I've ready a patch to solve your problem , i'll release as soon as i verify that hasn't race condictions.

-- AngelCarpintero - 06 Feb 2005

Fix record

Fixed with post-3 patch , reopen if errors remains.

-- AngelCarpintero - 08 Feb 2005

Fix is included in 3.1.19.

There is a similar newer bug which is still open at the time this is closed.

-- KennethLavrsen - 10 Mar 2005

The bug still exists in 3.1.19

I'm using 3 Panasonic (KX-HCM280, KX-HCM270, BL-C10A) netcams and one Toshiba IK-WB01A netcam; It's reporting that the Toshiba is not a JPEG image (even though the URL returns a JPEG image in IE and Firefox).

-- BruceDurham - 28 Mar 2005

After further testing I've definitely narrowed it down to the Toshiba IK-WB01A. If it's used, motion crashes; otherwise everything is ok. I've uploaded the output from mjpegsnif of this camera; There appear to be ctl-M's (carriage-return, CR) in the header info; could this be the problem?

-- BruceDurham - 12 Apr 2005

BugReportForm edit

TopicTitle Network error for a single netcam thread causes motion to quit everything.
BugStatus Released
AssignedBugTo AngelCarpintero
SubmittedBy BruceDurham
Topic revision: r7 - 12 Apr 2005, BruceDurham
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