Debian MOTD Update Notifier

Note: As noted below in the comments, update-notifier-common is no longer available in Debian Jessie or Stretch. Fortunately, you can install the Debian Wheezy package or you can install the repackaged version we have made available in our Debian Jessie/Stretch private repository. Instructions on using our repository can be found at OITIBS Apt Repository: Online.

If you read one of our previous articles Debian Wheezy Dynamic MOTDDebian Jessie Dynamic MOTD or Debian Stretch Dynamic MOTD, then you would probably note that I left out “Updates (20-updates)” from that tutorial. Since that tutorial was originally written, I have found an incredibly easy way of integrating update information into the dynamic MOTD system. First we will need to install the update notifier package. This can be accomplished with the command below.

Once you have determined that update-notify-common is working properly, you will want to update your “System Information (10-sysinfo)” as seen below.

Once the file is updated to reflect the above changes, your new MOTD should look something like the picture below.

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