I'm wondering how I can change the default system message that shows when on the CLI from Ctrl+Alt+F1. By default it shows the message

Welcome to <name>
  * Documentation: <url>

I was wondering how I can change or remove that? I would of thought it be changeable with the /etc/issue, /etc/issue.net or /etc/motd files but they don't have those lines anywhere in their files, and are for SSH logins, I just want to be able to change what the system displays when I login to CLI when I switch to it from a desktop environment. This is clearly system default message, not related to SSH, but something else.

in my case here I'm using Linux Mint 17.

Welcome to Linux Mint
 * Documentation:  http://www.linuxmint.com

any ideas to which file this default message is set in?

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    It will likely be one of the files in /etc. Try find /etc/ -maxdepth 1 -type f -exec grep -H "Welcome to Linux Mint" {} + 2>/dev/null. – terdon Nov 16 '14 at 4:20
  • I tried that command there but it didn't return anything. There was no output. – user91679 Nov 16 '14 at 5:34

Another user posted a similar problem on the Linux Mint forum: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=28403&p=164776.

Apparently, Linux Mint 17 rewrites /etc/issue, /etc/motd, etc on reboots.

To prevent this, edit /etc/linuxmint/mintSystem.conf:

enabled = True
lsb-release = True
etc-issue = False
splash-screens = True
ctrl-alt-backspace = True
update-grub = True

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