The /etc/motd is a file on Unix-like systems that contains a "message of the day", used to send a common message to all users in a more efficient manner than sending them all an e-mail message. Other systems might also have an motd feature, such as the motd info segment on MULTICS.
Newer unix-like systems may generate the message dynamically when the host boots or a user logs in.
The MOTD has also become a common feature of the online component of Windows PC games, such as Half-Life, Call of Duty, and Battlefield. A similar feature called MOTD is displayed when logging on to some IRC servers.
- The complete FreeBSD: documentation from the source, By Greg Lehey, p.572
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