Legal Notice on Startup as in Windows

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dtakias, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. dtakias macrumors member

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    #1
    Is there a way to configure a legal notice before users log on to the system?

    This exists on Windows but I am struggling to find a way to do it on a Mac OS X ?!

    Any ideas?:confused:
     
  2. JNB macrumors 604

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    There are a number of system management tools, such as MacPilot, that allow this. I use it myself for just that reason:

    "SECURITY NOTICE: THIS DEVICE IS NOT TO BE INSPECTED PURSUANT TO 17 USC 1412. CONTACT NSA REMOTE COMPUTING DIVISION FOR PREAUTHORIZATION. VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO 10 YEARS IMPRISONMENT AND/OR $100,000 FINE."

    :p
     
  3. tersono macrumors 68000

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    You need to edit the com.apple.loginwindow.plist file.



    Simply enter the following in terminal (replacing the asterisks with your message):


    $ sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow LoginwindowText "whatever text you want"


    Alternatively, there are a few GUI-based tools that can help you achieve the same thing:


    Try TinkerTool System or Visage Login (both available from VersionTracker)
     
  4. dtakias thread starter macrumors member

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    Excellent, thank you both for fast response.

    Only just found the way with com.apple.loginwindow.plist file.

    Those tools seem very useful, will try them out.

    Will those tolls allow formatting of the text?

    I guess there's no way for a separate window to pop up and get users to press OK before they are allowed to use their account details?
     
  5. dtakias thread starter macrumors member

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    I've just tried:

    $ sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow LoginwindowText "whatever text you want"

    and it doesn't look like it's working...
     
  6. dtakias thread starter macrumors member

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    Update

    I manually edited the com.apple.loginwindow.plist file and it seems to work now.

    Only issue seems to be the formatting of the text as there's isn't any support for tags.
     

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