issue - Issue identification file
The /etc/issue file is a freely formatted ASCII file. If present, the getty program reads this file and writes its contents to any terminal spawned or respawned from the /etc/inittab file prior to writing the login prompt string specified in the /etc/gettydefs file.
If the /etc/issue file is present and the /etc/issue.net file is not, the telnetd daemon reads this file and writes its contents over a new telnet connection prior to starting the login dialog.
Use this file to store messages that are longer than the message field for entries in the /etc/gettydefs file.
You must be aware of the size limits of all potential output devices as you create /etc/issue messages. Some devices (for example, small screens) might not hold the messages you enter into the file and will truncate the messages.
Specifies the path name for the file.
Commands: getty(8), telnetd(8).
Files: issue.net(4). delim off