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by Marius Schamschula

How to reset the terminal login message

When you ssh into Mac OS X machine you will be shown the following message:

Welcome to Darwin!

We are not running Darwin, but Mac OS X! It would be nice to replace this message with a more appropriate message. Before you replace Darwin with Mac OS X, consider that if anyone unauthorized gets this far, you are giving away the fact that the machines is running Darwin/Mac OS X. The message is stored in /etc/motd. We can edit this message, but we need to be superuser to do this. We can edit the motd file with the following command:

sudo pico /etc/motd

You will be prompted for you password. Edit the file, and save it. Done!

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