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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for motd (netbsd section 5)

MOTD(5) 						      BSD File Formats Manual							   MOTD(5)

NAME
motd -- file containing message(s) of the day
DESCRIPTION
The file /etc/motd is normally displayed by login(1) after a user has logged in but before the shell is run. It is generally used for impor- tant system-wide announcements. During system startup, a line containing the kernel version string is prepended to this file. Individual users may suppress the display of this file by creating a file named ``.hushlogin'' in their home directories.
FILES
/etc/motd
EXAMPLES
NetBSD 1.0 (SUN_LAMP) #9: Sun Nov 20 22:47:57 PST 1994 Make sure you have a .forward file... 4/17 Machine will be down for backups all day Saturday.
SEE ALSO
login(1)
BSD
December 28, 1994 BSD