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10.4: Change the displayed 'info' line in the login window System 10.4
Ever since the 10.4.3 update, MacOS X users have been able to change (permanently) which status line is displayed on the login window, directly below the Apple logo and 'Mac OS X' message, as seen below:


Granted there is no easy, "anyone can do it" GUI method provided by Apple, although Tinker Tool System can do it, but that's overkill for such a singular task as this. However by using a simple command in Terminal (all you regular users can shudder in fear now), you can make this change by yourself. Currently you can click on this information line to cycle through the options, but it does not stay set between logins and power cycles.

Now, thanks to AFP548 who originally included this tip in an article about 10.4.3 Server, your preferred displayed status line will remain between power cycles and reboots. Open Terminal (or your other preferred command line access method), and enter this command:
defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow \
 AdminHostInfo status_msg
(Line break added for narrower display; copy and paste will work, thanks to the backslash)

Be sure to replace status_msg with one of the following self-explanatory words: HostName, SystemVersion, SystemBuild, SerialNumber, IPAddress, DSStatus, or Time. Personally, I like time. This change will remain on the login window forever, where forever means until you wipe the drive clean, or a system update overwrites the file, or your Mac finally turns to dust because the universe has just imploded.

[robg adds: This tip was originally emailed to me by r00st3r, who tracked down the original at AFP548 after he couldn't find it here. This trick has apparently been around since last November, but this is the first I'd heard of it. It works as expected, on both my PowerPC and Intel Macs.]
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10.4: Change the displayed 'info' line in the login window
Authored by: macHobbes on Jun 09, '06 08:21:49AM

For those afraid of Terminal ... there is a nice free tool called appropriately "Loginwindow Manager" ... easily found on Versiontracker.



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10.4: Change the displayed 'info' line in the login window
Authored by: moskalyd on Jun 09, '06 09:57:09AM

OnyX (1.7.0) provides the same. Appearance/Login tab.



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10.4: Change the displayed 'info' line in the login window
Authored by: macmaxbh on Jun 09, '06 10:01:03AM
Very interesting--I might use this in conjunction with a previous hint (which still works in Tiger) that allows you to put any string you want, which will display below the status line which the hint refers to.
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20020921074429845

To update the hint: in Tiger, there is no "box" the text is displayed in, and the text is automatically centered as well.

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Credit where it's due!
Authored by: davidefrank on Jun 09, '06 10:06:05AM

"Now, thanks to AFP48..."

I bet you mean "AFP548" - the excellent sysadmin-oriented website. (The link to the referenced article is correct, BTW.)

The name AFP548 refers to the registered well-known TCP port (548) used by Apple File Protocol (AFP) for file sharing. A delightfully geeky name!



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Credit where it's due!
Authored by: robg on Jun 09, '06 10:47:48AM

Yes, and I knew that when I wrote this up, but my brain's connections to the fingertips were broken this morning, it seems. All better now.

-rob.



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Credit where it's due!
Authored by: raveldcp on Jun 11, '06 10:53:35AM

Actually, the real credit should go the MacEnterprise list, where it was posted by an Apple Consulting Engineer on Halloween. This ability was added as of 10.4.3.



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10.4: Change the displayed 'info' line in the login window
Authored by: mickeymoose on Jun 09, '06 01:09:52PM

If you click on the info line, it scrolls through the possible selections.

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narf?



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10.4: Change the displayed 'info' line in the login window
Authored by: robg on Jun 09, '06 01:39:26PM

Yes, as it stated in the hint:

"Currently you can click on this information line to cycle through the options, but it does not stay set between logins and power cycles. "

:)

-rob.



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10.4: Change the displayed 'info' line in the login window
Authored by: mickeymoose on Jun 12, '06 09:53:40AM

oops!

i knew that...

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narf?



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