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How do I get /etc/issue to print for telnet sessions (SCO Unix)?

Modern releases use /etc/issue for telnet sessions

See TA 640279. Basically, you will need to create a file (we'll call it /etc/telbanner), owned by bin/bin and readable by everyone, with the message to be printed. Next, create the following shell script and call it /etc/telbannerd:

# name of file with banner
# name of telnet daemon
# print banner if it exists and is readable
[ -r ${BANNER_FILE} ] && cat ${BANNER_FILE}
# now pass control to telnetd
exec ${TELNETD} $*

This script should be owned by bin/bin and world-executable and world- readable. Now edit the telnet line in /etc/inetd.conf and change the /etc/telnetd to /etc/telbannerd. Leave everything else exactly as it is. Finally, you'll need to send a SIGHUP to inetd to force it to re-read /etc/inetd.conf.

One other note - in order for the above to work, you need the kernel support for #! turned on; see the entry on hashplingenable in section 3 of this FAQ.

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