I tried many things, even reinstalled the latest raspbian and afresh install of Motion but the problem persists.
produces no errors butsudo service motion start
reports:sudo service motion status
I then noticed that two motion directories, one in /var/lib and the other in /var/log that should be there were missing. Adding them did not solve the issue.motion.service - LSB: Start Motion detection
Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/motion; generated; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: active (exited) since Sat 2018-11-17 18:29:20 EET; 14min ago
Process: 321 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/motion start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
Νοέ 17 18:29:19 raspberrypi systemd: Starting LSB: Start Motion detection...
Νοέ 17 18:29:20 raspberrypi motion: Not starting motion daemon, disabled via /etc/default/motion ... (warning).
Νοέ 17 18:29:20 raspberrypi systemd: Started LSB: Start Motion detection.
I believe that there is a new version of motion put out recently. Could this behaviour be a bug?
any help wil be greatly appreciated