Creating a Welcome message for SSH logins Published: Oct 31, 2003
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Comments (15)

  • Gravatar - Mark Janssen
    Mark Janssen 16:39, November 30, 2003
    If you create a ssh banner file, this will be displayed before people log in, instead of after (with the motd version).

    Specify 'Banner /etc/banner' in sshd_config
  • Gravatar - jad madi
    jad madi 15:47, May 20, 2004
    edit /etc/profile
    at the end add
    so uptime status and date will appear.
  • Gravatar - JLChafardet
    JLChafardet 19:54, November 2, 2004
    Mark Janssen <br />
    If you create a ssh banner file, this will be displayed before people log in, instead of after (with the motd version). Specify 'Banner /etc/banner' in sshd_config<br />
    <br />
    it didnt worked on my machine.
  • Gravatar - Skal
    Skal 00:32, June 9, 2005
    I had to reboot to make /etc/banner work.
  • Gravatar - Walter
    Walter 03:13, June 13, 2005
    <snip><br />
    Specify 'Banner /etc/banner' in sshd_config<br />
    <end snip><br />
    Added to sshd_config, restarted<br />
    sshd.<br />
    a) If I connect from a Windows box via putty - I do NOT get the banner, BUT<br />
    b) use "ssh xxxx" from another Linux box (or the same box), I get the Banner -- so might depend on how you are connecting.<br />
    <br />
    Hope this helps
  • Gravatar - BMay
    BMay 19:23, July 28, 2005
    I did get the banner with puTTY from a Windoze box.
  • Gravatar - Viza
    Viza 06:35, September 29, 2005
    you have to restart sshd before it will work
  • Gravatar - Scott
    Scott 22:16, October 19, 2005
    how do i take off the motd?
  • Gravatar - Matt
    Matt 04:30, November 10, 2005
    To remove the motd, just delete the information in /etc/motd
  • Gravatar - Wes
    Wes 15:54, November 10, 2005
    Scott,<br />
    Just edit the file as you did before and remove all the text you entered.
  • Gravatar - Linux GURU
    Linux GURU 16:55, November 13, 2005
    rm -rf /etc/motd <br />
    <br />
  • Gravatar - Dave
    Dave 06:22, January 9, 2007
    Worked great, didn't have to reboot my server.
  • Gravatar - Steve
    Steve 17:58, August 14, 2007
    So if I want a MOTD with the users name, login, and time/date.<br />
    <br />
    How would i start?<br />
    <br />
    IE Wecome <user> to mysever.<br />
    Date is:<br />
    <br />
    Your webspace is mydomain/~username<br />
    <br />
    Any webpages you can point me too?
  • Gravatar - Maarten
    Maarten 11:08, May 19, 2008
    You don't have to reboot your machine, sending a HUP-signal to the sshd process will make the sshd reread its config file and apply it.<br />
    <br />
    Thus :<br />
    1.) Create the banner file<br />
    2.) Insert the Banner-line into the sshd config file<br />
    3.) ps -ef | grep sshd<br />
    4.) kill -HUP <<sshd PID>><br />
    <br />
    It should work from then on.
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