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Re: [vox-tech] mutt question
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Re: [vox-tech] mutt question

On Thu, Jan 11, 2001 at 04:28:46PM -0800, Harry Souders wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 11, 2001 at 01:53:18PM -0800, Micah Cowan wrote:
> > I've been meaning to do something very similar to this, but was also
> > thinking of doing it for the login message, etc.  I was planning on
> > doing it exactly like this, but in C instead of Perl, and using the
> > strfile format (the one /usr/games/fortune uses).
> Setting up the fortune stuff wasn't too difficult. 
> I suppose I could write a 'do-it-yourself-fortune mini HOW-TO', but
> someone probably already has.

I know how to set up fortune.  That's not really what I'm trying to do.

> > Actually, if I really wanted to make it suitable for login messages,
> > etc., I'd have to either make *absolutely* sure that the deamon is
> > running (probably via inittab), or maybe make a custom kernel module
> > out of it.  It'd be a Bad Thing(tm) for getty to block on io so no one
> > could log in...
> Most of the distos gave you the fortune at login. The first FreeBSD and
> linux distros I tried did. It's not so common now. I believe they used
> a login script in .bashrc or .bash_profile or the more likely the system
> wide config in /etc/bashrc. I think the check for an interactive login
> was via a shell or term variable.

I should have been clearer.  I wasn't speaking of a message which is
displayed after you login, I was speaking of basically making
/etc/issue a FIFO.  The problem I was speaking of is that if you try
to do something like that, you are asking for trouble if the program
on the "write" end of the pipe isn't running.


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