A "message of the day" (motd) is a greeting message displayed after a successful login, just before a login shell is executed.

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Can't make motd to show on Debian 8

I have a VPS with debian jessie on it. I want the dynamic motd to show when i connect through ssh. I tried with update-rc.d motd defaults (gives no output), systemctl enable motd gives: ...
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Which files are displayed or executed after login?

I'm using an embedded Linux distribution (Lime2) on a custom ARM board. On login via SSH, the following is displayed: root@mybox ~ # ssh localhost root@localhost's password: _ _ ...
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How do I create a dark blue text on a bright white background in MOTD in Debian?

This is what I currently have. It displays black on bright white. However, I want to have blue (0;34m) on bright white. ^[[0;7;34;37;5mWelcome!^[[0m I used this website as a reference, but I did ...
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Bash .hushlogin, keep last login time and host

At my company, when I log into some servers, my last login and a huge banner are displayed: me@my-laptop$ ssh the-server Last login: Mon Feb 8 18:54:36 2016 from my-laptop.company.com ...
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MOTD not displayed after installing openssh from source

On Debian Wheezy the default openssh server package displays the motd from /etc/motd. When i compile it from source (openssh-6.0p1) it won't display the motd anymore after an ssh login. Configure ...
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How to set a dynamic Message of the Day (motd) in Debian Jessie 8.2 for ssh?

I would like to have a dynamic motd, but I can't figure out how to do it. I tried what I found, adding /etc/update-motd.d/00-header, 10-sysinfo, 90-footer, and symlinking to /etc/motd ...
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display message of the day in time interval, let's say maybe every one hour

I am trying to execute the message in a specific time interval for every user that logs in to their root
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Showing login message when connecting to Screen

I have added this to .profile: [ -z "$STY" ] && screen -Rd "work" When connecting to a remote machine via ssh, the automatic attachment to screen is hiding the server's motd (message of the ...
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No colour in MOTD

I recently bought a Raspberry Pi, and have started playing around with it. After changing my MOTD, (to include colours), the colour codes are coming up as raw-text instead of executing. I am ...
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Why won't MOTD display output from a Python script it calls outside of /etc/update-motd.d/ unless it's in this directory?

The Situation We're running a headless Ubuntu 14.10 Server to fulfill various needs and tests. I was experimenting with changing the MOTD for SSH sessions via /etc/update-motd.d/ so as to display ...
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What are some methods I can use to create colorful MOTD messages when logging in?

From time to time I've come across colorful ASCII art styled messages when logging into a server. How are these messages constructed?
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ssh message after login but before password

Is it possible to make a message appear for each user after he entered his login but before he needs to enter his password? I looked at motd and issue files, but I could not set it up, how I want. ...
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check “newness” / “is-read” of /var/spool/mail/$USER like pam_mail for custom motd script

How can I check with bash or python (preferred) if there are some unread mails in /var/spool/mail/$USER like pam_mail does? I'd like to use this for my own custom motd script, motd.dynamic
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Show shell greeter only on initial login

Is there any way to show a greeter (motd kind of thing) only on initial login, and not when you do sudo su? Here's my current .bashrc: #!/bin/bash # # ~/.bashrc # # If not running interactively, ...
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How to change the motd on a Linux distribution that has no /etc/motd ?

I have seen a simple tutorial on how to put ascii art in the /etc/motd in order to show it each time the PC starts as the message of the day. Unfortunately Linux Mint Rebecca does not have a ...
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When login into terminal, display custom text

When I loggin to my linux system through PuTTY, I'm getting this below text.Welcome to Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.13.0-32-generic i686) * Documentation: https://help.ubuntu.com/ System ...
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Updating MOTD on login

I've been tinkering with my CentOS server login procedure, I want to have my MOTD update using the linux_logo program. I've already tried doing this in a few ways, but didn't get the desired effect. I ...
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Faillog - unsuccessful login count in Motd

I wish to include a count of failed login attempts whenever a user logs in. I've created: /usr/local/bin/dynmotd which contains #!/bin/bash FAILLOG=`faillog -u` echo -e " $FAILLOG " and ...
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How do I use colors in the MOTD?

I edited the default /etc/update-motd.d/00-header, adding some color to make it easier to read: printf "Welcome to \e[1;34m%s\e[0m \e[2m(%s %s %s)\e[0m\n" "$DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION" "$(uname -o)" ...
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Change motd value in UNIX Operating System

I need to change the value of MOTD using a script but I do not know how I should start. Am attaching sample MOTD if anyone can help.             ...
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How to prevent “Last Login:” message from showing up when using sftp?

In Ubuntu GNU/Linux 12.04, I have a user johndoe that is part of an sftponly group, set up to sftp to a chroot jail using Subsystem sftp internal-sftp Match Group sftponly ChrootDirectory %h ...
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Update MOTD at ssh login on Debian

What's the most clean way to display a different quote from a file (line-seperated) as MOTD on every SSH login on Debian? In other words, how can I trigger a MOTD update on SSH login?
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Including pending update list in motd

How would you include the list and / or count of pending updates in the welcome banner? Eg. username: User password: ***** Hi 'User', welcome on 'localhost' There are 8 pending updates, you need to ...
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upgraded to Ubuntu 13.04 Server, do-release-upgrade still shows

I upgraded my server to Ubuntu 13.04 Server a while ago. However, the notice that tells me there's a New Release '13.04' available. Run 'do-release-upgrade' to upgrade to it. still shows. Obviously, ...
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Get default ubuntu motd in fish shell

I would like to have Ubuntu's MOTD in the fish shell. Ubuntu's default is as follows: That is essentially what I would like to see when open up my terminal (terminator, which loads fishfish) As ...
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/etc/motd is not displayed when a named pipe?

Running Gentoo 3.4.0 Having recently heard about the /etc/motd file, i tried to have it display random cowsay fortunes. I wrote some random bash script to act as a daemon, feeding the /etc/motd as a ...
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How to update MOTD regularly?

Every week there's a new work log/to-do list at work. There's a todo script which can be used to extract my own to-do items from that. Currently this is called in ~/.bash_aliases_local, which is ...
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Motd not changing

My /etc/motd file is showing duplicate messages. When I edit it manual, it keeps returning to the messed up version whenever a user logs in. How do I stop this? I'm using Ubuntu 10.04
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Motd doesn't show up

I'd like to set a custom motd ("message of the day") on my machine (currently Mac OS X 10.6.5 using Bash with Terminal.app). In /etc/ there was no motd file so I created one with some sample text. ...