PAM_MOTD

Section: Linux\-PAM Manual (8)
Updated: 06/24/2020
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NAME

pam_motd - Display the motd file  

SYNOPSIS

pam_motd.so [motd=/path/filename] [motd_dir=/path/dirname.d]
 

DESCRIPTION

pam_motd is a PAM module that can be used to display arbitrary motd (message of the day) files after a successful login. By default, pam_motd shows files in the following locations:

/etc/motd
/run/motd
/usr/lib/motd
/etc/motd.d/
/run/motd.d/
/usr/lib/motd.d/

Each message size is limited to 64KB.

If /etc/motd does not exist, then /run/motd is shown. If /run/motd does not exist, then /usr/lib/motd is shown.

Similar overriding behavior applies to the directories. Files in /etc/motd.d/ override files with the same name in /run/motd.d/ and /usr/lib/motd.d/. Files in /run/motd.d/ override files with the same name in /usr/lib/motd.d/.

Files the in the directories listed above are displayed in lexicographic order by name.

To silence a message, a symbolic link with target /dev/null may be placed in /etc/motd.d with the same filename as the message to be silenced. Example: Creating a symbolic link as follows silences /usr/lib/motd.d/my_motd.

ln -s /dev/null /etc/motd.d/my_motd  

OPTIONS

motd=/path/filename

The /path/filename file is displayed as message of the day. Multiple paths to try can be specified as a colon-separated list. By default this option is set to /etc/motd:/run/motd:/usr/lib/motd.

motd_dir=/path/dirname.d

The /path/dirname.d directory is scanned and each file contained inside of it is displayed. Multiple directories to scan can be specified as a colon-separated list. By default this option is set to /etc/motd.d:/run/motd.d:/usr/lib/motd.d.

When no options are given, the default behavior applies for both options. Specifying either option (or both) will disable the default behavior for both options.  

MODULE TYPES PROVIDED

Only the session module type is provided.  

RETURN VALUES

PAM_IGNORE

This is the only return value of this module.
 

EXAMPLES

The suggested usage for /etc/pam.d/login is:

session  optional  pam_motd.so
      

To use a motd file from a different location:

session  optional  pam_motd.so motd=/elsewhere/motd
      

To use a motd file from elsewhere, along with a corresponding .d directory:

session  optional  pam_motd.so motd=/elsewhere/motd motd_dir=/elsewhere/motd.d
      

 

SEE ALSO

motd(5), pam.conf(5), pam.d(5), pam(8)  

AUTHOR

pam_motd was written by Ben Collins <bcollins@debian.org>.

The motd_dir= option was added by Allison Karlitskaya <allison.karlitskaya@redhat.com>.


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
MODULE TYPES PROVIDED
RETURN VALUES
EXAMPLES
SEE ALSO
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