Skipping SSH banner message


I’m talking about the banner displayed BEFORE connecting, not the MOTD

By default :

<code>$ ssh root@server

                            NOTICE TO USERS

This computer system is the private property of its owner, whether 
individual, corporate or government.  It is for authorized use only. 
Users (authorized or unauthorized) have no explicit or implicit 
expectation of privacy.  

Any or all uses of this system and all files on this system may be 
intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and 
disclosed to your employer, to authorized site, government, and law 
enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of government 
agencies, both domestic and foreign.  

By using this system, the user consents to such interception, monitoring, 
recording, copying, auditing, inspection, and disclosure at the 
discretion of such personnel or officials.  Unauthorized or improper use 
of this system may result in civil and criminal penalties and 
administrative or disciplinary action, as appropriate. By continuing to use
this system you indicate your awareness of and consent to these terms 
and conditions of use. LOG OFF IMMEDIATELY if you do not agree to the 
conditions stated in this warning.  


Last login: Sat Mar 14 21:38:01 2009 from mars</code>

**Using ssh -q : **

$ ssh -q root@server Last login: Sat Mar 14 21:39:00 2009 from mars

This is particularly interesting when you use rsync with ssh from a cronjob.. if you don’t use -q you’ll likely get the banner sent to you by email.

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