Dynamic LoginWindowText

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by mattiasvdm, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2012
    The Netherlands
    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:
    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?
  2. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Still haven't found a solution. I have found some tools with similar options:

    iHook - a pretty old tool which doesn't seem to work on mountain lion

    Casper Suite - The Casper suite has jamfHelper.app which can display text during login or logout. But you need the whole suit.

    Any ideas how to display text during login?

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