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I want to dynamically change on_event_start value while the motion service is running. Is there a way to reload the motion.conf file without restarting the service?

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In addition to the answer from @p4ulmac you get the pid with ps -e | grep motion. If you like to control your services with systemd then there is no need to handle with the pid. You can simply:

rpi ~$ sudo systemctl reload motion.service

and check with:

rpi ~$ systemctl status motion.service
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Based on the following page, Motion Guide - Getting It Running: Signals (sent with e.g. kill command)

It would appear that you can send the following command;

kill -s SIGHUP pid

where pid is the pid of the motion instance you wish to update with the new config. This will refresh/reload the config to the running motion instance.

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