Message of the Day on Ubuntu – sudoedit /etc/motd; chmod ugo-x /etc/update-motd.d/*

Message of the Day (motd) is displayed when you log in with ssh.

You can use plain text message of the day in /etc/motd also in Ubuntu. Disable scripts in /etc/update-motd.d/ to get rid of extra stuff.

When automatically configuring customer systems, it’s a good idea to leave some tangible proof that the systems are configured. Just like a janitor emptying a trash can with just one piece of paper in it.

$ sudoedit /etc/motd 

Write some text you want to show on login, then ctrl-X y enter to save.

    See you at

Disable Ubuntu scripts that add some cruft to your motd

$ sudo chmod ugo-x /etc/update-motd.d/*

Try it out, log off and then back in

$ ssh
See you at

And you should see your motd, and nothing but your motd.

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