On Ubuntu 14.04.4 (and previous), there was a message at the top of each tty (1-6) that said

Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS $HOST tty1 #or tty2 etc.

$HOST login:

I upgraded to 16.04 (with sudo do-release-upgrade -d).

During the upgrade, I loaded tty3, and it said

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS $HOST tty3

$HOST login

However, after the upgrade, all the ttys said was

$HOST login:

Without the Ubuntu version or the tty number.

Is this intended for 16.04? If so, is there a way to change it back to showing the version? (like with getty configs or something?)


That message comes from the file /etc/issue and/or /etc/issue.net.

I would imagine that you either lost these files or they are not readable by root (?!?) or they do not get printed anymore.

The files should automatically have been updated.

It would be set to the output of lsb_release -d or something of the sort.

If that does not work for you, you could create a script under /etc/profile.d/... and put:

lsb_release -a

In that script. That being said, the motd (Message of the Day) should be displayed when you log in and that should already include all the necessary information about the machine.

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    Thank you! Writing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS \n \l to /etc/issue brought back the default message. – pizzapants184 May 24 '16 at 17:24

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