Subject: /etc/issue [& /etc/]
To: None <>
From: Matt Thomas <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/21/2003 14:25:11
I'm planning on adding support for /etc/issue (gettytab) & 
/etc/ (everything else) to NetBSD.  These files contain 
*uninterpreted* text to be written before issuing the login: prompt.  
While gettytab(5) can provide that functionality now, inconvenient to 
use (especially for scripts or programs).

telnetd/rlogind/sshd will try to use /etc/, and if that is not 
available they will try to use /etc/issue.  In either situation, the 
evalution of things in /etc/getttytab will remain unchanged.

This also gives NetBSD equivalent functionality to HPUX, Solaris, 
Linux, Tru64, and other modern Unix-like operating systems.

Matt Thomas                     email:
3am Software Foundry              www: Cupertino, CA              
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