Debian Jessie Dynamic MOTD

If you have ever used Ubuntu Server then you should be familiar with the dynamic MOTD.  This is what is presented to the user in terminal when a log on occurs.
This feature is very nice as it will give you a quick look at useful information. Unfortunately, Debian Server does not include the dynamic MOTD. This tutorial is based on our previous article Debian Wheezy Dynamic MOTD. First you will need to install some prerequisites and build the directory structure. To do so, run the following commands in terminal. If you would like to add update notification, I have written another article detailing the steps at Debian MOTD Update Notifier.

Once the above commands have been run, you can move on to populating the files you created. Below you can copy and paste.

Header (00-header)

System Information (10-sysinfo)

Once these files are populated with the above, you should now be able to logout and then log back in either using putty or on the console and you will be presented with something that looks like below.motd-debian8


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6 thoughts on “Debian Jessie Dynamic MOTD

  1. thank you for your work

    in the header i used

    toilet -f standard -F metal $(hostname)
    since figlet $(hostname)

    looks like more cooler with some color

  2. I’ve adated your howto as an ansible Script. Unfortunately it’s only working until an reboot of the system. On Stretch it woks every time, even after reboot. But on Jessie the motd will only shown after an fresh setup.

    The Problem seems to be athat pam.d tries to load the motd.dynamic file in /var/run.;msg=2

    So to make the motd work even after reboots, you have to change the /etc/pam.d/ssh config:

    | session optional motd=/run/motd.dynamic
    | session optional motd=/run/motd

    And then reboot. Seems to work now every time.

  3. ip not shown

    System information as of: Mon Mar 28 09:52:37 AST 2016

    System load: 0.10 IP Address:
    Memory usage: 0.0% System uptime: 1:06 hours
    Usage on /: 19% Swap usage: 0.0%
    Local Users: 2 Processes: 135

    eth0: flags=4163 mtu 1500
    inet netmask broadcast
    inet6 fe80::21e:6ff:fec3:9592 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x20
    ether 00:1e:06:c3:95:92 txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet)
    RX packets 6349 bytes 1366252 (1.3 MiB)
    RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0
    TX packets 5627 bytes 1371984 (1.3 MiB)
    TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0
    device interrupt 40

    lo: flags=73 mtu 65536
    inet netmask
    inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128 scopeid 0x10
    loop txqueuelen 0 (Local Loopback)
    RX packets 57 bytes 4364 (4.2 KiB)
    RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0
    TX packets 57 bytes 4364 (4.2 KiB)
    TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0

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