shell (1) - Linux Man Pages
shell: Print the message of the day and launch a shell
NAMEshell - Print the message of the day and launch a shell
DESCRIPTIONshell is a simple script that prints the message of the day (/etc/motd) and launches a shell.
$SHELL will be invoked if it exists. Otherwise, /bin/sh will be used.
AUTHORThis manpage and the shell utility was written by Dustin Kirkland <kirkland [at] canonical.com> for Ubuntu systems (but may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 3 published by the Free Software Foundation.
On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.