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Lesson 13. Startup Sequence > Viewing User Environment Setup

Viewing User Environment Setup

Mac OS X requires user authentication prior to accessing the system. Although the loginwindow process manages the user authentication process, it does not itself authenticate the user. The loginwindow process passes the information specified in the login window to Open Directory for authentication. When Open Directory authenticates the user, loginwindow initiates the user session and displays the status bar, along with the text “Logging In.”


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