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Each time I SSH into my AWS Ubuntu servers I see a system information message, showing load, memory usage and packages available to install, like this:

Welcome to Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.2.0-51-virtual x86_64)

 * Documentation:  https://help.ubuntu.com/

  System information as of Sun Nov 10 18:06:43 EST 2013

  System load:  0.08              Processes:           127
  Usage of /:   4.9% of 98.43GB   Users logged in:     1
  Memory usage: 69%               IP address for eth0:
  Swap usage:   100%

  Graph this data and manage this system at https://landscape.canonical.com/

13 packages can be updated.
0 updates are security updates.

Get cloud support with Ubuntu Advantage Cloud Guest

Use Juju to deploy your cloud instances and workloads.
*** /dev/xvda1 will be checked for errors at next reboot ***

*** System restart required ***

My question is, how is that message created? How can I configure it?

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This login message is created by Ubuntu's landscape packages. Speaking personally, I think they're quite annoying and as such, have configured ansible to nuke those packages and set a blank login message.

To do that:

$ apt-get remove landscape-client landscape-common 
$ rm -f /etc/motd && touch /etc/motd

That will create a blank /etc/motd. To set a custom login message, edit that file as desired.

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Thank you @EEAA, that was helpful. Maybe you'll be able to help me with a related question serverfault.com/questions/554021/… –  Andres Nov 10 '13 at 23:48
@Andres Sorry, I have no idea. As mentioned in my answer, I disable these login messages. I figure my monitoring system will tell me if there are any issues with regards to CPU or memory. –  EEAA Nov 11 '13 at 0:08

In my case, I had to clear /etc/update-motd.d/51-cloudguest, which read:

# This file is written by the Ubuntu image build process, it is not
# managed by a package.  If you want to avoid seeing this advertisement,
# then you can safely remove the file.
echo ""
echo "  Get cloud support with Ubuntu Advantage Cloud Guest:"
echo "    http://www.ubuntu.com/business/services/cloud"
echo ""
echo "  Use Juju to deploy your cloud instances and workloads:"
echo "    https://juju.ubuntu.com/#cloud-saucy"
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