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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
       upon reboot.

       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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