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about motd's

MOTD's are fun. You should definitely invest in as much time in the MOTD, or more, as you do on selecting the name of a server.

How to start creating an MOTD

First, visit the website for generating ASCII text

Make sure you select a human readable font.

Add some imagery and other stuff

Example MOTD's

Here's some example MOTD's from the past:

2016

   __  ____                 
  /  |/  (_)__________  ____
 / /|_/ / / __/ __/ _ \/ __/
/_/  /_/_/_/ /_/  \___/_/   
    ____        __             __      __
   / __ \__  __/ /_  _________/ /___  / /_
  / / / / / / / __ \/ ___/ __  / __ \/ __/
 / /_/ / /_/ / /_/ (__  ) /_/ / /_/ / /_  
/_____/\__,_/_.___/____/\__,_/\____/\__/

If I find the one for Felix, I will put that here too. I know I have it somewhere...

2017

Ergergerg
     __      _.._         
  .-'__`-._.'.--.'.__.,      ___  ___  _________  _  ________
 /--'  '-._.'    '-._./     / _ )/ _ |/ ___/ __ \/ |/ / / / /
/__.--._.--._.'``-.__/     / _  / __ / /__/ /_/ /    /_/_/_/
'._.-'-._.-._.-''-..'     /____/_/ |_\___/\____/_/|_(_|_|_)

Odin

Odin is the parallel for polaris.clarkson.edu from before the new polaris1 update made polaris feasible to use again. Here's the default MOTD we have.

     .aMMMb     dMMMMb     dMP     dMMMMb
    dMP"dMP    dMP VMP    amr     dMP dMP
   dMP dMP    dMP dMP    dMP     dMP dMP
  dMP.aMP    dMP.aMP    dMP     dMP dMP
  VMMMP"    dMMMMP"    dMP     dMP dMP

Need help? Come on down to the Clarkson Open
Source Institute in Science Center 336 for
assistance, or visit http://odin.cslabs.clarkson.edu
for basic help with the Linux command line.

In addition to this one, I have a host of others for when there are other things going on.

For example, one time we filled the disk (for very particular circumstantial reasons, we couldn't empty it)

     .aMMMb     dMMMMb     dMP     dMMMMb
    dMP"dMP    dMP VMP    amr     dMP dMP
   dMP dMP    dMP dMP    dMP     dMP dMP
  dMP.aMP    dMP.aMP    dMP     dMP dMP
  VMMMP"    dMMMMP"    dMP     dMP dMP

Need help? Come on down to the
Clarkson Open Source Institute
in Science Center 336 for assistance.

#################################
#                               #
#    ===  N O T I C E ===       #
#                               #
#    We are currently aware of  #
#    the disk problem right     #
#    now. The current solution  #
#    is to copy the work you    #
#    had from the terminal      #
#    and work locally until     #
#    further notice.            #
#                               #
#    Thank you for your         #
#    understanding,             #
#                               #
#    Jared Dunbar               #
#    Odin Maintainer            #
#    dunbarj@clarkson.edu       #
#                               #
#################################

Here's one from when Hydra was running Arch (for various reasons for most of 2017), and we needed to run an update immediately to resolve a software/hardware problem.

     .aMMMb     dMMMMb     dMP     dMMMMb
    dMP"dMP    dMP VMP    amr     dMP dMP
   dMP dMP    dMP dMP    dMP     dMP dMP
  dMP.aMP    dMP.aMP    dMP     dMP dMP
  VMMMP"    dMMMMP"    dMP     dMP dMP

Need help? Come on down to the
Clarkson Open Source Institute
in Science Center 336 for assistance.

#################################
#                               #
#    ===  N O T I C E ===       #
#                               #
#    At Noon EST on Oct 8th,    #
#    we will be shutting down   #
#    Odin until around 9 PM     #
#    as we do mandatory         #
#    software upgrades to the   #
#    VM host (hydra).           #
#    During this time, Odin     #
#    will be completely         #
#    inaccessible.              #
#                               #
#    There will be a notice     #
#    broadcast across the       #
#    server to notify you to    #
#    save and log out.          #
#                               #
#    Thank you for your         #
#    understanding,             #
#                               #
#    Jared Dunbar               #
#    Odin Maintainer            #
#    dunbarj@clarkson.edu       #
#                               #
#################################

Resizing the disk directly after an assignment due date. I'd say we took backups, but you should call them RESTORES for luck.

     .aMMMb     dMMMMb     dMP     dMMMMb
    dMP"dMP    dMP VMP    amr     dMP dMP
   dMP dMP    dMP dMP    dMP     dMP dMP
  dMP.aMP    dMP.aMP    dMP     dMP dMP
  VMMMP"    dMMMMP"    dMP     dMP dMP

Need help? Come on down to the
Clarkson Open Source Institute
in Science Center 336 for assistance.

#################################
#                               #
#    ===  N O T I C E ===       #
#                               #
#    At 2 AM EST on April 27th, #
#    we will be shutting down   #
#    Odin for about 15 minutes  #
#    as we resize the disk.     #
#    There will be a notice     #
#    broadcast across the       #
#    server to notify you to    #
#    save and log out.          #
#                               #
#    Thank you for your         #
#    understanding,             #
#                               #
#    Jared Dunbar               #
#    Odin Maintainer            #
#    dunbarj@clarkson.edu       #
#                               #
#################################

2018

_               _           
| |             | |          
| |__  _   _  __| |_ __ __ _
| '_ \| | | |/ _` | '__/ _` |
| | | | |_| | (_| | | | (_| |
|_| |_|\__, |\__,_|_|  \__,_|
       __/ |                
      |___/   
                          _
  you have connected to  | |  
 ___  ___  ___ _ __   ___| |_
/ __|/ _ \/ __| '_ \ / _ \ __|
\__ \  __/ (__| | | |  __/ |_
|___/\___|\___|_| |_|\___|\__|

the gateway to the security network

jrddunbr

my home firewall/nat/WiFi controller/etc box, modeled from Ziltoid

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