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Date:      Wed, 4 Feb 2009 19:37:14 +0100
From:      cpghost <cpghost@cordula.ws>
To:        Redd Vinylene <reddvinylene@gmail.com>
Cc:        questions <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>, Rajarajan Rajamani <r.rajamani@gmail.com>
Subject:   Re: Could we get rid of the extra blank line in the MOTD?
Message-ID:  <20090204183714.GA1104@phenom.cordula.ws>
In-Reply-To: <f1019d520902040953x49bd860fv3958670827334ce@mail.gmail.com>
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On Wed, Feb 04, 2009 at 06:53:07PM +0100, Redd Vinylene wrote:
> On 2/4/09, Rajarajan Rajamani <r.rajamani@gmail.com> wrote:
> > The messages are from /etc/motd
> >
> > Edit is to display what you'd like.

That's not his problem. Something *else* prints a newline before
the contents of /etc/motd... See login(1) and check out
/etc/login.conf.

Just guessing and not tested: if the console driver supports ANSI
control sequences, you could add the sequence that clears the screen
and homes the cursor (Esc[2J) [1] to the beginning of /etc/motd and
see if it works. Something like this:

Esc[2JThis is the first line of the motd.
This is the second line.
etc...

(Use the real Esc-character for this, not the three chars 'E', 's'
and 'c'; i.e. 1B(hex), 33(oct), 27(dec))

But again, it should only work if the console driver supports ANSI
escape sequences.

[1] http://ascii-table.com/ansi-escape-sequences-vt-100.php

-cpghost.

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