June 2008

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If you are still staring at a boringly bland black login screen after boot up – saddle up buttercup. Today we will edit /etc/issue with some neat looking ASCII Art to add some spice to your bootup experience. Naturally, I will be using a Arch Linux inspired piece of art work to make this happen.

So How Do You Do It?

Dead simple actually.

1.) Open up /etc/issue with your favorite text editor (vi, nano, leafpad etc.) and paste the following directly into it:


        ,                       _     _ _                      | s r
       /#\        __ _ _ __ ___| |__ | (_)_ __  _   ___  __    |
      /###\      / _` | '__/ __| '_ \| | | '_ \| | | \ \/ /    | t
     /#####\    | (_| | | | (__| | | | | | | | | |_| |>  <     | d
    /##,-,##\    \__,_|_|  \___|_| |_|_|_|_| |_|\__,_/_/\_\    |
   /##(   )##\                                                 | U
  /#.--   --.#\    simple, elegant and d*****a uses it. =)     |
 /`           `\                                               | l on n 

You can issue a quick cat /etc/issue to get a general idea of how this will look like – but for full effect you will need to restart/logout from your current session.

When it’s all said and done, upon boot up – you should see a screen similar to the one below:

Arch Linux /etc/issue Logo on Login

Additionally, if you would like to modify what is shown when Arch boots up, you can edit /etc/rc.sysinit – which is the default startup script that is responsible for configuring hardware and initializing startup tasks. As always, this is usually just a starting point in terms of modifying your *nix setup. Just play around with it till you are satisfied with it.

Credit to dav7 and rson451 for creating the cool ASCII art 🙂