On 08/26/03 01:20 PM, Joshua Oreman sat at the `puter and typed: > On Mon, Aug 25, 2003 at 11:02:55AM -0700 or thereabouts, Joshua Oreman wrote: > > On Mon, Aug 25, 2003 at 12:37:44PM -0400 or thereabouts, Louis LeBlanc wrote: > > > Probably not possible, but I was wondering (and have for some > > > time, though I can't find any info on it either way) whether > > > /etc/motd is strictly a text in/text out file, or if there is a > > > way to get it to execute a command, the output of which is to be > > > included in the text output? > > > > You could make it a FIFO and put a Perl script or something at the > > other end, if you want dynamically-generated output. [ ... ] Be > > careful. > > Really! This approach can come back and bite you in the butt. > Basically, be absolutely sure the writer process is started during > bootup. Otherwise it'll hang indefinitely when logging in; you need > to drop to single-user to fix it.
Yeah, I really just wanted to get the output of an alias, but it's not important enough to go through all that for. I just figured it would be a pretty cool - although quite geeky thing to have the real time printed out with each login: The alias is as follows: $ gtime Right now, the official U.S. time is: 16:20:43 Tuesday, August 26, 2003 and it's expansion is: $ alias gtime alias gtime='lynx -dump http://www.time.gov/timezone.cgi?Eastern/d/-5 | head -5' Pretty interesting, but definitely not worth the hassle that would obviously be required. Thanks for the feedback everyone. Lou -- Louis LeBlanc [EMAIL PROTECTED] Fully Funded Hobbyist, KeySlapper Extrordinaire :) http://www.keyslapper.org ԿԬ QOTD: "It's sort of a threat, you see. I've never been very good at them myself, but I'm told they can be very effective." _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"