** Changed in: base-files (Ubuntu)
       Status: New => Incomplete

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  /etc/update-motd.d/50-motd-news not executable

Status in base-files package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  On new installed 18.04, just caught a failed process to start: motd-

  root@xps13 ~# systemctl list-units --state=failed
    UNIT               LOAD   ACTIVE SUB    DESCRIPTION                         
  ● motd-news.service  loaded failed failed Message of the Day                  

  Looking close:

  root@xps13 ~# systemctl status motd-news
  ● motd-news.service - Message of the Day
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/motd-news.service; static; vendor 
preset: enabled)
     Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2020-06-30 09:16:54 CEST; 5h 
6min ago
       Docs: man:update-motd(8)
    Process: 12505 ExecStart=/etc/update-motd.d/50-motd-news --force 
(code=exited, status=203/EXEC)
   Main PID: 12505 (code=exited, status=203/EXEC)

  Jun 30 09:16:54 elxa7r5lmh2 systemd[1]: Starting Message of the Day...
  Jun 30 09:16:54 elxa7r5lmh2 systemd[1]: motd-news.service: Main process 
exited, code=exited, status=203/EXEC
  Jun 30 09:16:54 elxa7r5lmh2 systemd[1]: motd-news.service: Failed with result 
  Jun 30 09:16:54 elxa7r5lmh2 systemd[1]: Failed to start Message of the Day.

  I could fix by a simple "chmod +x" to the file.

  root@xps13 ~# /etc/update-motd.d/50-motd-news
  fish: The file “/etc/update-motd.d/50-motd-news” is not executable by this 
  root@xps13 ~# chmod 755 /etc/update-motd.d/50-motd-news
  root@xps13 ~# /etc/update-motd.d/50-motd-news

  So there are 2 bugs here:
  1) missing executable permission on file
  2) executable placement inside /etc directory

  Extra info:
  1) Description:    Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS
  Release:        18.04
  2) base-files:
    Installed: 10.1ubuntu2.8
    Candidate: 10.1ubuntu2.8
    Version table:
   *** 10.1ubuntu2.8 500
          500 mirror://elx-install.lmera.ericsson.se/mirrors.txt 
bionic-updates/main amd64 Packages
          100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
       10.1ubuntu2.2 500
          500 mirror://elx-install.lmera.ericsson.se/mirrors.txt 
bionic-security/main amd64 Packages
       10.1ubuntu2 500
          500 mirror://elx-install.lmera.ericsson.se/mirrors.txt bionic/main 
amd64 Packages
  3) Not to crash would be much better
  4) Crashed

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