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:
[H[2J [1;36m,[1;36m _ _ _ [1;30m| [36ms r [1;36m/#\[1;36m __ _ _ __ ___| |__ | (_)_ __ _ ___ __ [30m| [1;36m/###\[1;36m / _` | '__/ __| '_ \| | | '_ \| | | \ \/ / [30m| [36mt [1;36m/#####\[1;36m | (_| | | | (__| | | | | | | | | |_| |> < [30m| [36md [1;36m/##[0;36m,-,##\[1;36m \__,_|_| \___|_| |_|_|_|_| |_|\__,_/_/\_\ [1;30m| [0;36m/##( )##\ [1;30m| [36mU [0;36m/#.-- --.#\[1;37m simple, elegant and d*****a uses it. =) [1;30m| [0;36m/` `\[0m [1;30m| [36ml [36mon [1;36mn [0m
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:
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 🙂