When a user logs in, login combines the machine-wide audit flags from the audit_control file with the user-specific audit flags (if any) from the audit_user file, to establish the process preselection mask for the user's processes. The process preselection mask specifies whether events in each audit event class are to generate audit records.
The algorithm for obtaining the process preselection mask is as follows: the audit flags from the flags: line in the audit_control file are added to the flags from the always-audit field in the user's entry in the audit_user file. The flags from the never-audit field from the user's entry in the audit_user file are then subtracted from the total:
user's process preselection mask = (flags: line + always audit flags) - never audit flags