Re: motd

Daniel Linder (
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 14:33:13 -0500

Daniel Lafraia <> wrote:
> Is there any way to execute a file using /etc/motd ?

I made a "dynamic finger" so that whenever the fingerd read from my .plan
file, it would actually be opening a named pipe into a shell script that
did some other lookups and then spit back text. The only downfall is that
the named pipe would hang if the process died so I had an irate sysadmin
who said I had to take that off. At any rate a named pipe is what you need
(mknod and related programs), but I don't really know the exact steps I did
to do this. Read up on man pages and what-not on mknod and the pipe


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