Subject: Re: /etc/issue [& /etc/]
To: Matt Thomas <>
From: Greywolf <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/21/2003 16:10:58
Thus spake Matt Thomas ("MT> ") sometime Today...

MT> I'm planning on adding support for /etc/issue (gettytab) &
MT> /etc/ (everything else) to NetBSD.  These files contain
MT> *uninterpreted* text to be written before issuing the login: prompt.
MT> While gettytab(5) can provide that functionality now, inconvenient to
MT> use (especially for scripts or programs).
MT> telnetd/rlogind/sshd will try to use /etc/, and if that is not
MT> available they will try to use /etc/issue.  In either situation, the
MT> evalution of things in /etc/getttytab will remain unchanged.

...why uninterpreted?

gettytab does not produce a full getty on network ports, at least not
here.  I must be missing something.  It only produces


...and nothing else; if I'm not missing anything, I'd like to be able
to print out a full OS/arch/tty disclosure on my network ports.

That said, I do kind of miss /etc/issue.

NetBSD: Feed The Computer.