Nevis Login Tips Some tips to speed up or re-configure your login procedure.

If it takes a long time for you to login to your machine, the reason may have to do with automount.

When you login, by default the system checks to see whether you've got mail. To do this, it must look at the file /var/spool/mail/$USER. Since the mail spool directory is located on the mail server, this means that the system must mount a remote disk. If the mail server is under heavy load, or you're in a remote location such as the Nevis Annex, it can take time to mount this disk.

If you wish, you can skip this check. Just create the file ~/.hushlogin. For example:

touch ~/.hushlogin

If this file exists, the login process will no longer check your mail file, and so won't force a disk mount.

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