How to change the message of the day (motd) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux?

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Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Issue

  • How to change the message of the day (motd) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux?

Resolution

The message of the day can be used to communicate information to end users, the contents of /etc/motd are displayed after a successful login but just before it executes the login shell.

  • You can change the current message by editing the file /etc/motd using a text editor such as vi or vim
# vi /etc/motd

This is a test message and it will be shown every time a user logs on.

  • After every new login to the system the message will be spawned. Here is a example below:
Last login: Wed Sep 26 13:47:27 2012
This is a test message and it will be shown every time a user logs on.

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3 Comments

Most if not all systems within the last few decades (snark) use graphical login of some kind (xdm, gdm, kde). Text based MOTD behavior does not really seem to work in these cases. Something more helpful would be to explain GDM/MOTD Splash Window Behavior. I have seen it on many systems, just can't figure out how to make it so. These RH articles on MOTD should be more helpful and explain this ... still looking.

How can i set a dynamic message in motd for example: The result of the command uname -r

Same question as haglo above. This "article" has little value. Please add examples.