Anyone know exactly which package(s) to remove to git rid of all the login cruft on Ubuntu 18.04?

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I thought it might be the update-motd package but after issuing apt purge update-motd there are still files/directories left in /etc/. dpkg -S reports these files belong to the base-files package which I probably don't want to purge.

# find /etc/ | grep motd

# dpkg -S /etc/update-motd.d/10-help-text 
base-files: /etc/update-motd.d/10-help-text

I've gotten around this in the past with just brute-force file removal but wondering if there's a better way to do it. Preferably something I could also easily work into an ansible playbook.


The motd comes from here. To remove it, open /etc/default/motd-news and set ENABLED=0.

See this thread from Hacker News.

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