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Old 09-24-2008, 05:58 AM   #1
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Do you have cool MOTD?

Hey everyone - Hope this is the right place for this discussion....

I was bored the other day and thought I need to better MOTD instead of the plain old: Have some fun..... (openSuSe standard)

So I came up with the thought of having a MOTD that tells me stuff I wanted to see so I created the below script.

Do you guys have a cool / changing MOTD or something similar?

# Created by cAm34
# Save as /etc/cron.hourly/ or where ever you feel suitable

main() {

echo -e '\E[0;31m'"\033[1mLatest Logins: \033[0m"
last | head -n 3

echo -e '\E[0;31m'"\033[1mLatest SSH Failures: Total Count:\033[0m $(grep sshd /var/log/messages|  awk '/failure/' | wc -l)"
grep sshd /var/log/messages|  awk '/failure/ {print $1,$3,$9,$10,$11,$12,$13}' /var/log/messages | tail -n 3

echo -e '\E[0;31m'"\033[1mLatest 5 /var/log/messages entries: \033[0m"
tail -n 5 /var/log/messages

echo -e '\E[0;31m'"\033[1mLatest Hardware Errors: \033[0m"
dmesg | grep -i error | tail -n 3
echo -e '\E[0;31m'"\033[1mLatest DMESG Messages: \033[0m"
dmesg | tail -n 3
echo -e
echo -ne '\E[0;31m'"\033[1mUptime: \033[0m $(uptime | cut -d " " -f 5-18)"
echo -e '\E[0;34m'"\033[1m       Welcome to $(hostname) - The above info is generated every hour\033[0m"
echo -e '\E[0;34m'"\033[1m                   Have a fun stay and play nice...\033[0m"
main > /etc/motd

Last edited by cam34; 09-24-2008 at 06:03 AM.
Old 09-24-2008, 07:04 AM   #2
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Not an MOTD but my .bashrc runs fortune piped to cowsay. That cow is awesome.


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