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Old 04-04-2004, 02:48 PM   #1
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How do I change my distribution's idle terminal message?

I'm sorry if that's not a very specific title, but I don't exactly know how to explain it. You know how after the system is finished booting, it shows a message at the login prompt? I know in Red Hat, it clears the screen and says "Red Hat Linux, release 9 (Shrike)" and then the kernel version, and then $HOSTNAME login:_ , but in Slackware and Gentoo (the distribution I'm currently trying), it doesn't clear the screen and only gives a couple of lines, plus the time the terminal was started.

How would I change it so that Gentoo will clear the screen after boot/logout as well?

Thanks for your help.
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Add /usr/bin/clear as the last line to rc.local,
and clear in everyones .bash_logout?

Old 12-07-2004, 06:23 PM   #3
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Most GNU/Linux distros have an initialization script called rc.local. This script will be executed after all other init scripts. It will be run by the system at the end of the boot process. This allows to add certain programs so they can be executed at boot time after all system services are started.

Gentoo Linux does not provide such a file. Instead their is an equivalent script called /etc/conf.d/local.start where you can put all the initialization stuff. Gentoo also provides an /etc/conf.d/local.stop script.


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