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motd - message of the day
The contents of /etc/motd are displayed by login(1) after a successful login but just before it executes the login shell. The abbreviation "motd" stands for "message of the day", and this file has been traditionally used for exactly that (it requires much less disk space than mail to all users). On Debian GNU/Linux this file is a symbolic link pointing to /var/run/motd. The contents of this file are regenerated upon every system boot based on the contents of /etc/motd.tail.
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