Subject: Re: /etc/issue [& /etc/]
To: Matt Thomas <>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/28/2003 07:30:50
On Monday, July 21, 2003, at 02:25  PM, Matt Thomas wrote:

> 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).

Support for /etc/issue already exists... see the "if" entry in gettytab.

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

Heh, and plenty of non-modern ones... /etc/issue has existed on System 
V for a fairly long time :-)

         -- Jason R. Thorpe <>