The term `motd` means "Message of the day"

If you log into a terminal based system (RHEL, Ubuntu Server, etc...), you might notice some text before you are presented with you shell. That message is being controlled by the file /etc/motd.

This file can be edited at any time to display text to make sure people are aware of whats happening on the system.

You can also just append to the /etc/motd file by adding the following file named /etc/motd.tail. Once that file is added, you may append additional information to the original motd message.

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