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Sometimes you may want to start a couple of programs just after an interactive login to your favourite shell, which in my case would be zsh.

For example - I use Emacs as daemon process (emacs --daemon). I cannot use an init script to start it since the daemon is usable on a per user basis. The solution in this case is really simple - just create a .zlogin file in your home folder and put in it all the commands you want executed after you’ve logged into the shell. In my case I put:

emacs --daemon

there and as soon as I’m logged in, the Emacs daemon is up and waiting for incoming connections.