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Re: motd handling in jessie & beyond

Am 22.01.2015 um 16:34 schrieb Michael Biebl:
> Am 22.01.2015 um 15:46 schrieb Steve McIntyre:

>> AFAICS there remain silly unfixed bugs in the Ubuntu setup too, which
>> I've reported and never seen any progress on - see
>>   https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pam/+bug/684244
>> If you want to take this stuff into Debian too, please get that stuff
>> sorted out.
> I'm also no longer convinced, that running a huge shell machinery (as
> root) during login via PAM is a good idea.
> If we go the update-motd route, I'd like to see the update-motd calls be
> removed from login (and boot) and instead have the dynamic part of
> /etc/motd be updated via a cron job.

Heh, should have read the referenced bug report more carefully.
Apparently Steve came to the same conclusion :-)

I think running that cron job once a day should be plenty enough.
It's called motd for a reason.

I also think, the update-motd package should not be installed by
default, at least not on desktop installations. I think it's mostly
useful on server installations where one is typically logging in via SSH
or the console.


Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the
universe are pointed away from Earth?

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