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motd-tail (15) Versions 5.2.2

Updates motd.tail with Chef Roles

cookbook 'motd-tail', '~> 5.2.2'
cookbook 'motd-tail', '~> 5.2.2', :supermarket
knife supermarket install motd-tail
knife supermarket download motd-tail
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motd-tail Cookbook

Cookbook Version CI State OpenCollective OpenCollective License

Updates motd.tail with Chef Roles


This cookbook is maintained by the Sous Chefs. The Sous Chefs are a community of Chef cookbook maintainers working together to maintain important cookbooks. If you’d like to know more please visit or come chat with us on the Chef Community Slack in #sous-chefs.



  • Ubuntu


  • Chef 12.5+


  • None


  • node['motd-tail']['additional_text'] - Additional text to add to the end of the motd.tail (e.g. unauthorized access banner).


"run_list": [
motd_tail '/etc/motd.tail' do
  action :create
  template_source   'motd.custom.erb'
  template_cookbook ''


Updates motd.tail with useful node data


For example,

% ssh
Chef-Client -

Additional text here when `node['motd-tail']['additional_text']` present.


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motd-tail CHANGELOG

This file is used to list changes made in each version of the motd-tail cookbook.

5.2.2 - 2021-08-31

  • Standardise files with files in sous-chefs/repo-management

5.2.1 - 2021-06-01

  • Standardise files with files in sous-chefs/repo-management

5.2.0 - 2021-02-26

  • Sous Chefs Adoption
  • Cookstyle fixes

5.1.0 (2017-08-09)

  • Added template cookbook property, updated readme and spec tests

5.0.2 (2017-07-14)

  • changed name of update-motd.d script, script is not run with underscore in name on canonical 14.04 and 16.04 default images

5.0.1 (2017-04-26)

  • Update apache2 license string

5.0.0 (2017-02-27)

  • Require Chef 12.5+ and remove compat_resource dep

4.1.0 (2017-01-18)

  • Update chef requirement in the readme
  • Show policy group/name when using policyfiles
  • Fix deprecation warning
  • Remove superfluous converge_by
  • Convert to a custom resource
  • Support Ubuntu 14.04+

4.0.1 (2016-09-08)

  • Fix specs and matcher

4.0.0 (2016-09-07)

  • Resolve rubocop warning
  • Testing updates
  • Require Chef 12+

v3.0.0 (2015-10-20)

  • Updated .gitignore file
  • Removed Cheffile
  • Updated Test Kitchen for the new format and modern Linux distros
  • Added Chef standard Rubocop config
  • Added testing in Travis CI
  • Added a Berksfile
  • Updated contributing and testing docs
  • Added and maintainers.toml files
  • Added Travis and cookbook version badges to the readme
  • Removed Chef 10 backwards compatibility
  • Expanded the requirements section in the readme and clarify the minimum supported Chef release is 11
  • Updated Opscode -> Chef Software
  • Added a Rakefile for simplified testing
  • Added a Chefignore file
  • Resolved Rubocop warnings
  • Added long_description to the metadata
  • Added source_url and issues_url to the metadata
  • Added basic Chefspec convergence test

v2.0.2 (2014-04-09)

  • # 7 - Fix wrong cookbook name in template source parameter

v2.0.0 (2014-03-18)

  • Refactored into a library cookbook to allow template replacement

v1.2.2 (2014-03-18)

  • [COOK-4434] - remove timestamp from template to prevent a change every Chef run


  • [COOK-2089] - Add the ability to add additional text to motd


  • [COOK-1387] - additional data for MOTD


  • Initial public release.

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