It would not have been possible without your help, thank you.
I wonder, could we add "sleep 30 && /etc/init.d/motion restart" or something similar to any part of the system so that this is automatically executed when a quick reload is performed? Where would be the best place to put it?
It's not a bad thing that motion is active 24/7. I'd like to think that it wouldn't be needed whilst the house is occupied, but you never know. Do you happen to know how to increase the 5 day limit on motion recordings? I'm looking at the motion parameters, but it's not obvious.
So yes, I definitely do want motion or something similar, but only for recordings, not interested in using cameras as a motion sensors (there are animals running around my house so that just wouldn't work
. The reason I said I didn't want to use motion initially was because I didn't realise the motion sensor aspect could be disabled.
I've been experimenting with ZoneMinder as well (in lieu of motion), but had been going off that idea because I didn't want to be enabling/disabling it all the time when I leave/return to the house... but now that I know that motion doesn't switch on/off when you arm/disarm the alarm either (and as I said I don't think 24/7 recordings are a bad thing), ZoneMinder is very much back on the table again.