Motion - Netcam File URL Patch
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New feature on netcam_url option and enabling file:///... urls

Description of Patch

I developed a patch for motion project on svn trunk branch (next 3.2.8 release). This patch add new feature on

"netcam_url option" and it enables "file:///..." urls.

For me, it is interesting because it allows external non-standard process to get imatge and then motion grabs and processes image from local file.

Installation of Patch

Download the patch file. If it is packed as a gz or tar.gz unpack it first. Then copy it to the motion source directory and issue the command (assuming the patch file is called filename_of_patch_file.diff)

patch < patch_fileurl_netcam.diff

Then re-build Motion and test the patch.

Change History of Patch

  • 1.0 Initial revision

Discussion and Comments

I'll include in current trunk r179 .

-- AngelCarpintero - 23 Apr 2007

This patch needs more work , it's included in motion 3.2.9 but it's unusable yet .

-- AngelCarpintero - 19 Nov 2007

I did some fixes in svn , adding some log message and fix numeric debug_level values with defines.

How test it :

1-. Get an image (image.jpg)

2 -. Copy several times and change anything you want in those copies

3 -. Do a security copy : cp image.jpg image_orig.jpg

4 -. Run bash script

5 -. Set in motion.conf : netcam_url file:///home/user/image.jpg

6 -. Run motion and test this feature.


cp image_orig.jpg image_backup.jpg
cp image_backup.jpg image.jpg

while [ 1 ];
        cp image1.jpg image.jpg
        sleep 1
        cp image2.jpg image.jpg
        sleep 1
        cp image3.jpg image.jpg
        sleep 1
        cp image4.jpg image.jpg
        sleep 1
        cp image5.jpg image.jpg
        sleep 1
        cp image_backup.jpg image.jpg
        sleep 1

-- AngelCarpintero - 30 Dec 2007
Topic revision: r6 - 07 May 2008, AngelCarpintero
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