I want to notify a certain user to call me, the admin, since I disabled his account. I could set /etc/issue.net, but this is shown to all login attempts. Is there a way to restrict a message/banner to a certain user?


Re-enable the user's login, but change the account's shell to a script which outputs the message and exits.

  • My Linux (Centos, a Redhat clone) uses /sbin/nologin as a shell in these situations, which reads /etc/nologin.txt as a message – Rich Homolka Mar 2 '11 at 17:27
  • The banner is displayed before connection, and though your answer satisfies the OP, it's not what was asked. Any idea about per-user banner? (and not motd) – Geoffroy Mar 16 '12 at 18:29

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