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MOTD.TAIL(5)			  Debian Administrator's Manual 		     MOTD.TAIL(5)

NAME
       motd.tail - Template for building the system message of the day

DESCRIPTION
       On  Debian  systems, the system message of the day is rebuilt at each startup, in order to
       display an accurate information. /etc/motd.tail is the file to edit permanent  changes  to
       the message of the day.

OVERVIEW
       The initiation script /etc/init.d/bootmisc.sh prepends a line containing information about
       the system to /etc/motd.tail and stores the resulting file in /var/run/motd. /etc/motd  is
       a  symbolic  link to /var/run/motd.  This is done to prevent changes to /etc as the system
       can not assume /etc to be writable.

       Changes to /etc/motd effectively end up in a file under /var/run which will be regenerated
       upon reboot.

       A symbolic link to a different file, such as /etc/motd.static disables this behaviour.

FILES
       /etc/init.d/bootmisc.sh
	      The initiation script which builds /var/run/motd

       /etc/motd
	      Symbolic link to the system message of the day at /var/run/motd

       /etc/motd.tail
	      Template for building the system message of the day

       /var/run/motd
	      System message of the day file rebuilt at each computer start

SEE ALSO
       login(1), issue(5), motd(5).

Debian					    2007-04-28				     MOTD.TAIL(5)
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