I know how to customize the MOTD screen but I dont know how to remove the first line. This is what I did:

  • /etc/motd (customize this file)
  • /etc/ssh/sshd_config: Change the setting PrintLastLog to no, this will disable the "Last login" message.

But how to remove the first line?

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2 Answers 2


It appears to come from /run/motd.dynamic which is generated by /etc/init.d/motd during boot.

So you could delete /run/motd.dynamic and edit etc/init.d/motd to change

uname -snrvm > /var/run/motd.dynamic

to just


Of course if the motd package is updated this change might be overwritten.

  1. Edit /etc/pam.d/login

  2. Comment out (with a # at the beginning of the line) or delete line 85 #session optional pam_exec.so type=open_session stdout /bin/uname -snrvm

  3. save and logout

  4. login.

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