Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (5)
motd - message of the day
The contents of
are displayed by
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).
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