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A login script is a series of instructions that are executed every time a user logs on. These instructions are held on the server in a 'script' file, which is a batch file that can be accessed and run. A login script allows a single text file containing a set of instructions to be distributed to all the computers that need it.

The following gives a lot of detail for those who are interested: http://manpages.debian.org/cgi-bin/man.cgi?query=bash&apropos=0&sektion=0&manpath=Debian+6.0+squeeze&format=html&locale=en