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I have a simple Automator script that is setup to run as a login item. The Automator scripts plays a .wav file as follows:

afplay "/Users/Audio Files/system_alert.wav"

This works perfectly however I am looking to refine it to play on just the initial login of a user vs subsequent logins due to the system being either manually locked or automatically locking. I am currently running OS X 10.8.1 Mountain Lion. Is this somehow possible? I have Googled around and have not found much in the way of obvious options.

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Do you want the script to run once the first time a user logs in, and then never run again for that user? –  Daniel Lawson Sep 17 '12 at 15:06
    
If you have the script defined as a login item in Preferences, doesn't it get called only during first login already? –  patrix Sep 17 '12 at 15:11
    
I would like the script to run every time the computer is warm rebooted or cold started (upon user login). Similar to functionality of a Windows startup sound. –  Mort Sep 17 '12 at 15:14
    
@patrix It does indeed but it is called every time said user logs in. This is my issue, I need it to run only on the initial first login, not every time said user logs into the system again due to the system locking for security. –  Mort Sep 17 '12 at 15:17
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Do you logout the user after inactivity? Login items don't get re-executed if you just enter the screensaver password. –  patrix Sep 17 '12 at 15:18
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I am closing this question. I rebuilt the automator script and compiled to .APP and re-tested. @patrix is correct in that the script does only execute upon initial login and not on subsequent unlocking of the system due to inactivity. I am not sure why it was doing so previously but the issue is resolved.

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