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Old 12-30-2003, 10:19 AM   #1
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telnet banner freebsd?

On freebsd is there any way to set a 3 line telnet banner, that users can see before they login?


On freebsd 5.1 , I keep getting messages in the terminal displaying (what looks like how long a process ran be it was killed) in the format "calcru: negitive time of -[time] usec for pid [pid number] [process]" is there any way to stop this?

Old 01-03-2004, 12:22 AM   #2
Alex Cavnar
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You should be able to edit /etc/ for a telnet banner.
Old 01-10-2004, 04:30 AM   #3
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considering I have understood your requirement, maybe you can look into this page

The extract from this page that might be helpful to you is
You've probably noticed when you log in to your FreeBSD system that your login prompt reminds you that you are running FreeBSD. And that after you log in, you receive the FreeBSD copyright information, which is followed by the version of FreeBSD and the name of your kernel, and finally, a useful (but rather boring) motd which again reminds you that you are running FreeBSD. You probably already know what version of FreeBSD you are running and might not want to share that information with the rest of the world. And the motd is a good place to remind the rest of the world that they shouldn't be messing with your system anyways.

You can edit /etc/motd to say whatever suits your purposes, be it anything from your favorite sci-fi excerpt to all the nasty things that will happen to someone if they continue to try to log in to your system.

Next, to remove the copyright info:

touch /etc/COPYRIGHT
Then to change the text that appears at the login prompt, edit /etc/gettytab. Find the line in the default:\ section that starts with

Carefully, change the text between \r\n\ \r\n\r\nr\n: to whatever text you wish to appear. Double-check that you have the right amount of \rs and \ns and save your change. For example, my login prompt looks like this:

I'm a node in cyberspace. Who are you?
You can test your changes by going to another terminal and logging in.

all the best.


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