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Logout message

The Question is:

When you logout of VMS by typing 'lo' from the '$' prompt
the user is logged out and the following logout message
is displayed:

   'SYSTEM     logged out at   3-APR-1996 15:28:58.02'

I would like to be able to change this message to
something else, say:

   'Thanks for using me.  See you later, DUMMY'

If it is possible to do that, how is it
done?  Thanks.

The Answer is:

    Can I change the logout message?

    The short and easy answer is no. You can't change that message.
    However, there are a few thing that you could do to have a message of
    your own printed out.
    The simplest way is to redefine the meaning of the symbol lo*gout to
    execute a command procedure that will print out the message.
    At the end of the command procedure a "stop/id=0" will kill the process
    without the original message. However, this method will not work
    against somebody doing a "stop/id=0" since the command procedure will
    never get executed.
    To solve this problem, you would have to get into adding a process
    rundown handler which would catch the process as it is dying and do
    something. For more information on this, refer to the Internals & Data
    Structures book.