On one recent FreeBSD 13 host, I noticed a lack of motd. The MOTD (Message Of The Day) appears when you login.
Typically, it looks like this:
[dan@rose:~] $ r720 Last login: Mon Aug 2 00:30:13 2021 from air01.startpoint.vpn.unixathome.org FreeBSD 13.0-RELEASE-p3 (GENERIC) #0: Tue Jun 29 19:46:20 UTC 2021 Welcome to FreeBSD! Release Notes, Errata: https://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/ Security Advisories: https://www.FreeBSD.org/security/ FreeBSD Handbook: https://www.FreeBSD.org/handbook/ FreeBSD FAQ: https://www.FreeBSD.org/faq/ Questions List: https://lists.FreeBSD.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions/ FreeBSD Forums: https://forums.FreeBSD.org/ Documents installed with the system are in the /usr/local/share/doc/freebsd/ directory, or can be installed later with: pkg install en-freebsd-doc For other languages, replace "en" with a language code like de or fr. Show the version of FreeBSD installed: freebsd-version ; uname -a Please include that output and any error messages when posting questions. Introduction to manual pages: man man FreeBSD directory layout: man hier To change this login announcement, see motd(5). You can search for documentation on a keyword by typing apropos keyword $
However, on one host, I noticed:
[dan@rose:~] $ r720-02 Last login: Tue Aug 3 16:42:47 2021 from 126.96.36.199 $
I liked that. Short, concise, and I’m much more likely to notice that login date.
The man page (motd) didn’t tell me how to disable it, apart from creating $HOME/.hushlogin, which I didn’t want to do for every login.
My clue was:
/var/run/motd can be updated without a system reboot by manually restarting the motd service after updating /etc/motd.template: service motd restart
Let’s try that on the host without motd:
[dan@r720-02:~] $ sudo service motd restart Cannot 'restart' motd. Set update_motd to YES in /etc/rc.conf or use 'onerestart' instead of 'restart'. [dan@r720-02:~] $
Let’s try this:
[dan@r720-01:~] sudo sysrc update_motd="NO" update_motd: YES -> NO
No, logging in, I still got the motd.
[dan@r720-01:~] $ sudo rm /var/run/motd [dan@r720-01:~] $
Now when I login, I get just this:
[dan@rose:~] $ r720 Last login: Tue Aug 3 16:46:49 2021 from rose.startpoint.vpn.unixathome.org If you don't want to edit /etc/rc.conf directly, use sysrc(8) to add and remove entries. Use "sysrc name=value" to add an entry and "sysrc -x name" to delete an entry. -- Lars Engels
The text after ‘Last login’ is from fortune.
I’m OK with the fortune message.