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How to run something automatically when the system boots or a use logs on?

I need to automatically run a command when I log in but I don't want to add an item to the Dock. How can I do this?

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marked as duplicate by Kyle Cronin Feb 10 '11 at 21:28

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If that's really a command, not app, then you do this by deploying launchd, Apple's standard daemon/agent manager. Creating plist files by hand is error-prone, I suggest you to use Lingon.app It used to be free, now it isn't anymore, but instead available on AppStore (if you're using the latest OS X 10.6.6).

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