I have bionic systems that display the lines in /etc/issue on login and re-display if I press ENTER.

But, on my focal systems I only get the /etc/issue contents once, it does not display when I press ENTER.

How do I get the 18.04 behavior in 20.04?

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    @guiverc - my question is specific to moving from 18.04 to 20.04
    – KevinDTimm
    Jul 20, 2023 at 1:45
  • I don't understand. Are you saying you get the contents of /etc/issue displayed twice after you login on 18.04? Immediately after logging in and again after the first prompt?
    – muru
    Jul 20, 2023 at 3:11
  • @muru - on bionic the console displays /etc/issue and every press of the enter key displays it again. on focal it only displays it once, the enter key just displays a login prompt (no /etc/issue) this is important because there is system information displayed there that is relevant to the user.
    – KevinDTimm
    Jul 20, 2023 at 13:48
  • I'd consider it a bug if the system decided to dump the contents of issue every time I pressed enter (and probably others did too, which is why it's not the behaviour now - though I don't recall this ever happening to me)
    – muru
    Jul 20, 2023 at 13:57
  • @muru - be that as it may, that's the way it worked up through bionic
    – KevinDTimm
    Jul 20, 2023 at 14:00

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This behavior has changed in 20.04, the ENTER key only displays a login message but.... Pressing CTRL-C will display the contents of /etc/issue.

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