Motion - Support Question 2015x 12x 09x 034630

Fail to call bash file from motion.conf


Hi, I'been working on a project to configure my Raspberry Pi, Motion and Telegram. The idea is to send a message to Telegram on my Android when an event is detected by Motion. Based on some tutorials available what I need to do is just to create a bash file (.sh) that will invoke Telegram and send message, and this bash file is called at on_event_start in motion.conf.

However the bash file that I've created is not called by om_event_start. Does anyone have any suggestion on how to solve this?

Now, I hace successfully installed Motion and Teklegram, and both are running perfectly. I can send message using Telegram on my raspberry to another Telegram user on Android. The, I created a bash file named as follows:

  cd ${tgpath}
  (echo "safe_quit") | ${tgpath}/bin/telegram-cli -k -U root -W -e "msg xxxx Motion detected in FF6";

I have change the owner of the bash file to motion and also have done chmod 755:

pi@raspberrypi-ff6 /etc/motion $ ls -l
total 52
-rwxrwxrwx 1 root motion    59 Dec  9 03:34
-rw-r----- 1 root motion 28410 Dec  9 10:34 motion.conf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root     494 Dec  4 17:44 motion-old2.conf
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root    4096 Dec  9 03:42 new
-rwxrwxrwx 1 root motion   114 Dec  9 08:28
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root     427 Dec  9 08:03
-rwxrwxrwx 1 root motion   162 Dec  9 01:56

I can execute from terminal using this command:

pi@raspberrypi-ff6 /etc/motion $ ./ 
Telegram-cli version 1.3.3, Copyright (C) 2013-2015 Vitaly Valtman
Telegram-cli comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details type `show_license'.
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions; type `show_license' for details.
Telegram-cli uses libtgl version 2.0.3
Telegram-cli includes software developed by the OpenSSL Project
for use in the OpenSSL Toolkit. (
Telegram-cli uses libpython version 3.4.2
I: config dir=[/home/pi/.config/telegram-cli]
> safe_quit
[11:10]  xxxx <<< Motion detected in FF6
> > All done. Exit
pi@raspberrypi-ff6 /etc/motion $ 

And it will send the message to xxxx. However when I put the command in motion.conf:

on_event_start ./

Nothing happens. 


Motion version: 3.2.12
ffmpeg version:  
Libraries: ffmpeg, mysql, postgresql
Server OS:  
-- HaryaWidiputra - 09 Dec 2015


Try an absolute path in your motion.conf

So instead of:

on_event_start ./

it should be:

on_event_start /home/pi/

If that does not work, try creating a simple shell script to call from motion.conf, that could write to a file, to make sure motion is actually calling your script.


I have the same problem

My bash file (.sh) sends a video through telegram-cli.

It works nicely when I execute the bash file from the shell.

Then, I wanted motion to execute the script as soon as it finishes to record a video (adding a calling line on_movie_end tag in motion.conf), but it does not work.

I included an absolute path for the script, but still it is not working.

I've checked that motion actually calls the scrpt because the process appears after executing a ps command. Therefore, it seems that somewhat telegram-cli does not work properly when called this way.

Any idea?

Many thanks
Topic revision: r3 - 17 Dec 2015, JuanPita
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