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NAMEissue - pre-login message and identification file
DESCRIPTIONThe file /etc/issue is a text file which contains a message or system identification to be printed before the login prompt. It may contain various @char and \char sequences, if supported by the getty-type program employed on the system.
SEE ALSOmotd(5), mingetty(8)