I have a Ubuntu server 16.04 installation and I'm trying to get rid of the message of the day.

I've already disabled all the files in /etc/update-motd.d/ and run-parts /etc/update-motd.d/ Doesnt't output anything.

In addition to that I've commented out the motd lines in those 2 files:


The problem is that I'm still getting system information printed whenever I login over ssh.

Does anyone know where this could be coming from?

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After some poking around in the sshd_config file, I found the Banner option and that referenced the file /etc/issue. Said file contained exactly the message I was seeing on each ssh login. I've commented out the Banner option and that fixed the issue. Hope that helps someone in the future.

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