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When I log into my linux user through ssh, the user should automatically execute a set of commands. Same thing when I log out of my user. How can I accomplish this?

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Assuming your user's shell is bash, put commands to be executed in the files ~/.bash_login and ~/.bash_logout. The former is executed at login time (modulo certain configuration choices), and the latter at logout. There are analogues for most other shells.

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What if I'm logging into /bin/false and my user doesen't have a home directory? – Schutzstaffel Nov 15 '12 at 15:16
If your user has no shell, (s)he can't log in, so the question doesn't apply. – MadHatter Nov 15 '12 at 15:23

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