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Topic # 66038 11-Aug-2010 14:58
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Not sure what forum this is best in....so it's here....


Does anyone have any experience with a working install of Zoneminder (Linux based security cam software)? Been messing with this for a couple of days and have come to the conclusion that it is the devil's software. Bajillion times more complicated than it needs to be.......open source gone wrong.....blah blah...

I have a working install on what USED to be a minimal Ubuntu 10 install with Fluxbox WM added.

Camera detection fine. Event logging etc fine, filters fine. Access through localhost webserver fine. Email events? Forget it. 2 days of trolling through various 'tutorials', none of which get me to a working setup to send emails via smpt.gmail.com. FTP the same. Archives are generated but just sit there going nowhere.

So, I am WAY beyond asking somebody to fix this mess. However I am keen to hear if anyone who DOES have it working, so I might suck your brains dry.

Alternatively, does anyone know of a good linux based alternative? 

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  Reply # 366384 11-Aug-2010 18:50
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That's my findings of it too.

Would love to find something to replace the lousy crap that came with the DVR card - its stck in a 1024x768 user interface despite the resolution of the screen, and its remote access is about as predictable as a schizophrenic.




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  Reply # 366604 12-Aug-2010 08:06
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The email issue could be your ISP preventing you from accessing an external email server, Try using your ISPs email server.




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  Reply # 366864 12-Aug-2010 17:00
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could also be cert errors with gmail's smtp. Does zone minder even support tls on its smtp?




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  Reply # 366956 12-Aug-2010 21:06
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Yah it's the gmail authentication that's the issue (cert, tls, you name it, it's a problem). Zoneminder is not actually handling the mail, it's calling the default OS mail package to do it instead. I trieda few, some of them even store password in plain text.....

I've sorted the mail my going back to my ISP's account as suggested - they don't even need user name password(!).

FTP still has me. Might hazard their forums...

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