Two files, found in pathetc, contain local information for news feeders or
news readers in a free-form format. The entire files are returned verbatim
to any client that issues the LIST MOTD command. This might be used for
new information, notification of upcoming downtime, or similar purposes.
These files are named motd.innd (for news feeders) and motd.nnrpd
(for news readers); they are used by innd and nnrpd, respectively.
Make sure that these files are encoded in UTF-8. They should also be
dot-stuffed, that is to say that a line beginning with a dot should have
that dot doubled.
Be aware that use of the LIST MOTD command is not widespread (though
documented in RFC 6048) and most news clients will never ask for
If one or both of these files are missing, it is not an error. The server
will just send the client the appropriate response for an unmaintained
motd.innd or motd.nnrpd file.
On a fresh INN install, samples for these files are installed
in pathec; you will therefore find in motd.innd.sample and
motd.nnrpd.sample a few examples of messages that can be communicated
to news clients.