When I connected to my RPi using ssh, I always had a line up there like

Linux airpi 3.18.7+ #755 PREEMPT Thu Feb 12 17:14:31 GMT 2015 armv6l

but suddenly it's gone now. Where can I check if it's enabled? :/


2 Answers 2


It's the date and time that kernel was compiled, not the current date and time. What you're seeing is the output of the uname command.

/etc/init.d/motd calls it and outputs it to /var/run/motd.dynamic

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

Bash allows you to suppress display of the MOTD by creating a file in your home directory called .hushlogin.

If you don't have a .hushlogin, maybe /etc/init.d/motd was disabled, or the symlink to it in the appropriate /etc/rc#.d directory was removed.

  • Aahh, you're right! I don't have a .hushlogin file in my home directory and there are 5 symlinks in the /etc/rc*.d directories, so how can I check if /etc/init.d/motd is enabled or enable it at all?
    – Exceen
    Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 17:26
  • Each of the symlinks in the /etc/rc#.d directories should point to something in the /etc/init.d directory. The # equates to a run level, and 2 is the default runlevel. init will go through and run the scripts in order, starting in /etc/rcS.d and then going to /etc/rc2.d. The K scripts are kill, init calls them with the stop argument. The S scripts are start. So if there's no /etc/rc2.d/S01motd then /etc/init.d/motd won't be called.
    – mazianni
    Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 17:28
  • See also this link for more about hushlogin. debian-administration.org/article/546/…
    – mazianni
    Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 17:36

This article describes how to disable/enable/change the welcome message: https://serverfault.com/questions/407033/how-can-i-edit-the-welcome-message-when-ssh-start

  • Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 2:04
  • I can't find an answer to my question in your link. This is not a static message I'm talking about. It includes the date and time as well for instance.
    – Exceen
    Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 10:31

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