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I did an Ubuntu server install using preseed. When I log in, it doesn't tell me how many packages (including security packages) require an upgrade, and when a restart is required. How do I configure it to show me these things on login?

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Salem's answer got me part of the way. To show package info and system info on login, I needed to install the following packages:

  • update-motd
  • update-notifier-common
  • landscape-common

The update-notifier-common package installs /etc/update-motd.d/90-updates-available, which shows information about available packages.

The landscape-common package installs /etc/update-motd.d/50-landscape-sysinfo, which shows info such as IP addresses and load.

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That seems to be provided by update-motd package. Install and see if it works.

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update-motd seems to provide the infrastructure, but it doesn't actually install the motd script that shows the packages. I added a separate answer with the full info. – Lorin Hochstein Mar 30 '13 at 3:01

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