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Running Mac OS X Tiger by James Duncan Davidson, Jason Deraleau

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Logging In

When the system has booted and starts the loginwindow program, the system displays the user login screen, as shown in Figure 5-3. You won’t see the login screen, however, if you’ve enabled the auto-login preference in the Accounts preference panel. With auto-login turned on, the selected user is automatically logged into her user account as the system starts up.

When you log in, the following things happen:

  • Your environment, including preferences, environment variables, and Keychains, are loaded.

  • The SystemUIServer is launched and handles the menu bar and menu extras (those little applets up in the upper-right area of the screen).

  • The pasteboard server (pbs) is launched.

  • The mouse, keyboard, sound, and display are configured according to your preferences.

  • Any user-defined login items are processed.

  • The Dock and Finder are started.

The Login panel

Figure 5-3. The Login panel

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