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Alternative Method
Authored by: keaka on Sep 25, '02 06:43:47AM

This hint didn't work for me (running 10.2.1). However, if you are familiar with Apple's free Interface Builder, you can get a similar result by modifying the loginwindow nib directly.
Login as root and open the following nib file in Interface Builder:
/System/Library/CoreServices/SecurityAgentPlugins/loginwindow.bundle/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/login.nib
Now put a text field below the hostname field, and add any message you desire. With this method, you can easily center the text using Interface Builder's alignment features, and the hostname and your text message don't need to be mutually exclusive!

If English isn't your primary language on your Mac, you will need to look in your language specific directory instead of 'English.lproj' as indicated above. Also, if you have selected to have your login window display a list of users instead of the name and password fields, you will need to edit MultipleUsers.nib instead of login.nib as indicated above. As always, BACKUP the original nib file before making any modifications. Note that you can mess with other pieces of the login panel too (such as the images), although the program Visage makes that a lot easier (blatant plug by developer).

-Keaka



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Correction -- it does work!
Authored by: keaka on Sep 25, '02 07:34:51AM

I was wrong in my earlier post, this hint does work for me. I hadn't read the hint carefully enough, and I edited loginwindow.plist instead of com.apple.loginwindow.plist in the same directory. If anybody else is having problems, you might want to see if you made the same mistake!



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