This article is outdated and may not work correctly for current operating systems or software.
An SSH MOTD is a message that users will see when they log into SSH. On Ubuntu 14.04, the default message appears similar to the following text:
Welcome to Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.13.0-57-generic x86_64) * Documentation: https://help.ubuntu.com/ System information as of Fri Aug 21 04:02:11 EDT 2015 System load: 0.02 Processes: 92 Usage of /: 22.3% of 19.56GB Users logged in: 0 Memory usage: 28% IP address for eth0: 0.0.0.0 Swap usage: 0% Graph this data and manage this system at: https://landscape.canonical.com/
The "System load", "Processes", and other statistics are all dynamic and indicate the actual status of the server.
You can add your own MOTD message. Simply create the file
Then place your message in it:
If you would like to use ASCII art, you can use a generator, such as this one.
_ ____ ____ __________ | | / / / / / / /_ __/ __ \ | | / / / / / / / / / /_/ / | |/ / /_/ / /___/ / / _, _/ |___/\____/_____/_/ /_/ |_|
If you would prefer to hide the default information, you need to remove
apt-get remove --purge landscape-common
This will trim the message down to the following text:
Welcome to Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.13.0-57-generic x86_64) * Documentation: https://help.ubuntu.com/
To restore the original MOTD, run the following commands:
apt-get install landscape-common dpkg-reconfigure landscape-common
Select the last option (
Run sysinfo on every login) and press Tab to navigate to the "OK" button so that you can press Enter.