Tweaking Gentoo’s Greeting Message

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Gentoo’s standard greeting message on the console looks like this:

This is <my_hostname>.<my_domain> (Linux x86_64 4.3.3-gentoo) 12:00:00

While informative, it isn’t really pretty. Modifying it turns out to be quite easy, though: just edit /etc/issue! By default, it contains:

This is \n.\O (\s \m \r) \t

Simply adjust this to your needs, and you are done. Especially removing .\O might be of interest, as this gets rid of the ugly .unknown_domain part which you get in case you don’t have a domain configured.