I was just wondering on CentOs how can I change the 'greeting' that the server output when a user logs in via ssh?

  • logins in via ssl? Or ssh? – Zoredache Nov 4 '09 at 0:22

Perhaps you are looking to update the content that is part of the Message of the Day (MOTD). I believe this is /etc/motd on Centos.


I assume you mean ssh.

Modify /etc/issue as root to put whatever text you wish.

  • silly me :) yeah i meant ssh, but /etc/issue contains only the centos release version.. and when i log in i get more details about the packagers and last login info and so on – Yaniv Nov 4 '09 at 0:37
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    Probably pulling from /etc/motd – MattyB Nov 4 '09 at 0:43

Check out also

Banner /etc/issue.net

inside /etc/ssh/sshd_config: with this you can also display messages before login completes.


/etc/motd is the file you are looking for.

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