+> motd is a flat file, so it won't take the customizations 
+> you'd need to do this :)

Yes indeed, I was aware of this - hence my puzzlement as to how this
might be done.

+> The last login is done by lastlog, which is called by login, 
+> not from motd.

<nodding sagely> Hmmmmmmmm................

+> For infor on both, check the motd(5) and utmp(5) man pages. 

AHA!!! Until now, I didn't realize motd had a man page. Thanks much for
the info.
After reading, I'm no wiser tho'...unless you count the knowledge that
the man page 
exists which was previously unknown to me!! :-)

Who is still grapping with this issue with "grim resolve"

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