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MOTD.TAIL(5) Debian Administrator's Manual MOTD.TAIL(5)
motd.tail - Template for building the system message of the day
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.
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
A symbolic link to a different file, such as /etc/motd.static disables this behaviour.
The initiation script which builds /var/run/motd
Symbolic link to the system message of the day at /var/run/motd
Template for building the system message of the day
System message of the day file rebuilt at each computer start
login(1), issue(5), motd(5).
Debian 2007-04-28 MOTD.TAIL(5)
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