What to do with login screen messages?

Posted September 25, 2015 3.2k views
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Everytime I login, I am welcomed with this message:


Please be sure to change your root MySQL password; current MySQL password is "password"

You can change the MySQL password with the following command:

mysqladmin -u root -p'password' password newpassword

please send comments and suggestions to

You have new mail.

I changed my password on mysql and I don’t have a mail server on. What does my server tries to tell me and how do I dismiss them?

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3 answers

In addition to what @Woet mentioned, the quickest way to check your mail would just be to cat /var/mail/root, assuming you’re logged in as root.

This appears to be an early LAMP one-click droplet. You should be able to remove this message by deleting the file /etc/motd.tail