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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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alpine update motd on login

Is there any way to update the /etc/motd file on login? The /etc/profile and /etc/profile.d/*.sh scripts are executed after the motd is already displayed on login so these methods don't work. I want ...
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Printing something specific to the user during login before password prompt

I would like to print something in the middle of a user login, related only to that user. In other words, this has to be after the user has typed in their username, but before they even start typing ...
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How can root get access to SSH_TTY

I think that SSH_TTY is an environment variable set by ssh that holds the device node of the current virtual terminal; e.g. /dev/pts/0, /dev/pts/1 , etc. I know that when I'm logged in to an SSH ...
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Remove motd banner from Amazon AMI Linux 2023

I'm trying to remove the motd banner in Amazon Linux AMI 2023 , #_ ~\_ ####_ Amazon Linux 2023 ~~ \_#####\ ~~ \###| ~~ \#/ ___ https://aws.amazon.com/linux/amazon-...
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debian bookworm how to expand displayed apt reason for holding package

Because of a kernelbug the debian people (can cause dataloss on ext4 filesystem) blocks kernel update (403 error forbidden) bugreport I set kernel packages on hold so it is not blocking the upgrade ...
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script in /etc/update-motd.d/ not working

I have created a script /etc/update-motd.d/foo #!/bin/sh echo aaa exit 0 I would like this script to be executed on ssh login, and display the output. I have the folowing lines in my /etc/pam.d/sshd: ...
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Filename may prevent running in /etc/update-motd.d

I added a file to /etc/update-motd.d and it didn't run. And I added another and it did run. 99-wlan0-RWB doesn't work. 99-wlan0 does work. At first I thought maybe it could be the second hyphen, but ...
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Re-Display MOTD in Linux/Deblin system that's already logged in

I am looking to re-display the MOFD in a Linux/Deblin system that is already logged in. I have already edited the etc\motd file and this does display my custom motd output in the terminal when I ssh ...
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A new motd script will not run

I created a new script 99-wlan0-RWB in /etc/update-motd.d which is world executable like all the others. It works when run on its own or via run-parts, but is not run when logging in: what's wrong? (I ...
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Where are MOTD descriptions stored?

I've created a custom MOTD (Message of the Day) and it works fine, but I noticed that it doesn't have a description in the Armbian Config utility (see screenshot). I checked the other MOTD files that ...
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How to automatically check for stable release upgrades of Fedora at login?

From what I can find, Fedora does not seem to have an /etc/update-motd.d/ like Ubuntu-based systems. I do not want automatic updates (because I like to update manually), but I would like to be ...
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Why my /etc/motd doesn't show the welcome message at login?

I have a Debian/Linux virtual machine in VirtualBox. # uname -a Linux debian 4.19.0-14-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.19.171-2 (2021-01-30) x86_64 GNU/Linux # vi /etc/motd ########################## Hi, ...
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How to display banner text inside the subshell along with the results of whatever is being run in subshell

I'm trying to figure out how to display text inside a subshell along with the results of whatever is being run in the subshell, i.e: test=$(sudo echo foo) I've already set up a lecture_file so that a ...
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ssh login does not display motd while UsePAM = no

I have customized /etc/motd and it was displaying it correctly while login via ssh: Welcome to Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS (GNU/Linux 2.6.32-042stab141.3 x86_64) * Documentation: https://help.ubuntu.com * ...
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A strange output in welcome message

Days ago I found I cannot connect my server via sftp. Then I found that there is a dot in the welcome message when I login via ssh. .Welcome to Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS (GNU/Linux 4.15.0-72-generic x86_64)...
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Python MOTD script doesn't work with degree symbol °

I'm using python scripts to create my MOTD in Ubuntu Server 18.04. I found this problem when trying to display the temps of my hard drives. I wanted to display the temperature using the degree symbol ...
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Can I customize the "You have new mail" message

I'm trying to modify the You have new mail message that is shown below MOTD when you login via SSH. My goal is to make that message more visible (bright color would be great) so it gets my attention ...
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Message displayed to clients as they connect but before they log in?

I do not need to modify or create a message for the VM, I just need to find out what the message already is. I have looked into the MOTD directory using /etc/update-motd.d/ but the message was not ...
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How to properly escape the need for sudo needing a password in a bash script

Issue I'm trying to have a dynamic MOTD (message of the day, /etc/motd) and in order to edit the file I need to run sudo. Further, I'm having /etc/profile call a python script that writes to /etc/...
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lolcat + motd = no colours

I can't get lolcat to show colours in the message of the day (motd). When I run this in the command line, all works fine: exec /usr/games/fortune | /usr/games/cowsay -f moose | /usr/games/lolcat ...
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Excise recent date from log file, output as motd

For finding a date in a log file I've arrived at the following crude command: grep Updated /var/log/socklog/xbps/current | tail -n 1 | grep -Eo ^20[0-9][0-9]-[0-9][0-9]-[0-9][0-9] That does what I ...
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shell script at ssh login screen

I want to run this command when there is an ssh login. The command is watch -n 5 'zen-cli getinfo | grep blocks' I have already added this line by doing this sudo crontab -e I added @reboot watch -...
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Hide "You have old mail" message when logging into shell?

I have a mail system set up on my server (Postfix + Dovecot) that I use for personal and sys-admin email. Every time I login via shell (for all of my accounts), the message "You have old mail." is ...
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Disable SSH MOTD/Banner for a specific user

I have a custom shell in /bin/that returns an echo and exists. I have a user that is exclusively linked to that shell only so that when someone tries to ssh into the server using that user via pubkey ...
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Is there a way to create an MOTD with login details?

Is there a way to display active SSH login details in the MOTD display? Like, I wanted to display the IP Address from where the connection got originated and how much time the session is active. Is ...
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How to suppress Debian uname message when ssh'ing into the machine? Plus changing it to something else, if possible

I would love to get rid of this uname message when ssh'ing into the Debian 9 machine: Linux backup-server 4.9.0-5-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.9.65-3+deb9u2 (2018-01-04) x86_64 This line I would like to ...
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Why does SSH kill the colour in my /etc/update-motd.d/ script when force_color_prompt=yes is set in ~/.bashrc?

I have an MOTD script installed in /etc/update-motd.d that works properly, however it seems that SSH bleeds out the colour. SSHD Look: Output when running the script once logged in: Actual script: ...
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How to display motd when starting a new shell

What parameters can be passed to the bash shell so that it displays the motd? Shouldn't bash -l display the motd?
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motd for each ip address is not working

In Ubuntu, I added file under /etc/update-motd.d/ #!/bin/bash IP=$(echo $SSH_CONNECTION | cut -d ' ' -f 1) if [ "$IP" = 172.16.20.10 ]; then printf "\nHi Frank\n" elif [ "$IP" = 172.16.20....
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Why am I still seeing the MOTD when I log in over SSH?

This is a fresh and clean headless Debian 8.7 system, kernel 3.16.0-4-amd64.. When I log in over SSH, I get that ugly Debian copyright notice: The programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux ...
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Motd messages to display current events in the world

I need to know if it's possible to setup dynamic motd messages on Linux servers which should display the snippets of current events happening in the world when someone login. If its possible please do ...
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Displaying motd with Ubuntu 14

I'm trying to display on a motd user's detail (the user and the actual date) Here is the step i take so far: sudo nano /etc/update-motd.d/00-welcome #(script) #!/bin/sh echo "Welcome user: ${USER}...
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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: update-rc....
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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 not ...
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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 /var/run/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 /etc/motd....
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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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How to display welcome message in unix? [duplicate]

How can I display the welcome message "welcome panni" every time I log into unix?
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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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