Set Motion as e-mailing Security Camera

1. Install Mutt email program

sudo apt-get install mutt

2. Make a .muttrc file

set imap_user =
set imap_pass = verygoodpasswordhere

set smtp_url = smtp://
set smtp_pass = verygoodpasswordhere
set from =
set realname = seuritycamera

set folder = imaps://
set spoolfile = "+INBOX"
set postponed="+[Gmail]/Drafts"

set header_cache=~/.mutt/cache/headers
set message_cachedir=~/.mutt/cache/bodies
set certificate_file=~/.mutt/certificates

set move = no
set record = '+Sent'

3. Test Mutt before installing Motion and then install Motion

sudo apt install motion

Add yourself to the motion group

sudo adduser myself motion

Configure Motion

gksu pluma /etc/default/motion

# set to ’yes’ to enable the motion daemon

gksu pluma /etc/motion/motion.conf

… edit these lines

# Minimum time in seconds between capturing picture frames from the camera.
# Default: 0 = disabled - the capture rate is given by the camera framerate.
# This option is used when you want to capture images at a rate lower than 2 per second.
minimum_frame_time 1
# Target base directory for pictures and films
# Recommended to use absolute path. (Default: current working directory)
target_dir /path/motion
# Command to be executed when a motion frame is detected (default: none)
on_motion_detected /home/username/

4. Make a startup script

#! /bin/sh
sleep 40 && cd /home/username && ./

Make the script executable

chmod a+x /home/username/

5. Make video + email script

#! /bin/sh
TIMESTAMP=$(date +%Y%m%d%H| sed ’s/ //g’)

find /path/motion -iname "*.swf" -exec mv {} /path/allvideos \; && sleep 30 && genisoimage -o /path/toemail/video$TIMESTAMP.iso /path/allvideos && mutt -z -a /path/toemail/video$TIMESTAMP.iso -s “Security videos” -- < /dev/null

Make the script executable

chmod a+x /home/username/

Make three folders

Set the permissions for the folders
sudo chmod 775 /path/foldername

6. Add Motion to the startup applications and or crontab

PS. emails comes always when Motion has react!

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