I'm running FC5 (AMD 64 machine but using the i386 version) with a USB webcam, a Logitech QuickCam IM.
To get the camera to work, I'm using the spca5xx module. It seems to work fine with CamStream and Gnome-Meeting (aka Ekiga).
My problem is I load the module from the /etc/rc.d/rc.local script via modprobe. So when my system starts up, the camera becomes active and the green LED comes on when the module loads.
Now I know someone would have to be a really good hacker to get through my stealth firewall and actually see anything with my camera, but it still kinda freaks my wife out that it's active.
The funny part is when I boot CamStream or Ekiga, the LED flickers a bit as the program boots. When I'm done with either program, the program(s) seem to shut down the camera, or at least the green LED.
A quick /sbin/lsmod shows the spca5xx is still loaded, even though the camera (or LED) is shut down.
So, is there a way to shut down the camera or LED from the command line?