So I've been searching and tweaking for two days now but no luck so far... Here is what I want: I have created a loginscript (loginhook) which runs some processes. These processes sometimes take a while. As the Apple support pages says: "Other login actions wait until the hook has completely executed." So sometimes a user has to wait a minute or two until he sees the desktop. What I want is that the loginhook somehow shows the user what it's doing. What I tried was writing the status to the LoginwindowText like this: Code: defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow LoginwindowText "the status of the loginhook" Unfortunately this doesn't work. Because these changes take effect after logout or reboot. Is there a way to "reload" the loginwindow or the com.apple.loginwindow.plist? If that's not possible is there an other way to somehow display custom text during login?