New Welcome message for FreeBSD

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Sun Jul 23 21:00:18 UTC 2006

On 2006-07-23 15:54, Arseny Nasokin <tarc at> wrote:
>On Sat, Jul 22, 2006 at 07:23:47AM +0300, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
>>On 2006-07-21 17:23, Tarasov Alexey <master at> wrote:
>>>Timur Yuldashev wrote:
>>>> New motd-welcome message for FreeBSD.
>>>> best regards
>>> I like it! Very good.
>> I don't.  It is pretty "content free" when compared with our current
>> default motd.
>> The information in the current motd file is useful and provides hints
>> towards stuff that may be interesting both to a new admin who just
>> installed FreeBSD and a new user who just happened to log into a FreeBSD
>> system.
>> More importantly, the default /etc/motd is just a sample motd file,
>> which you are free to edit locally :)
> I prefer put default motd to support(7) page.
> and set this motd as default

You are forgetting that someone who has just logged in may not know how
to reach the support(7) manpage.  The current motd can *POINT* him there:

| Welcome to FreeBSD!
| [...]
| manual page.  If you are not familiar with manual pages, type `man man'.

How will the user know what to do if you go ahead and hide all the
information currently visible by just logging in?

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