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Every time I restart my server my motd banner gets rewritten.
What program (or startup script) is doing this, and how can I disable it?

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I typically disable this and I cannot recall what does it off of the top of my head. I believe that it is an init script, try running this to find it:

find /etc -type f -exec egrep '(motd|issue)' {} \;

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You might want a -H on that egrep. –  Dennis Williamson Sep 24 '10 at 17:01
    
thanks for the tip..found the symblic link to motd. took that off. –  user50946 Sep 24 '10 at 17:29

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