You can store project data in a local file, in the Domain Name System (DNS), in a Network Information Service (NIS) project map, or in a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directory service. The /etc/project file or naming service is used at login and by all requests for account management by the pluggable authentication module (PAM) to bind a user to a default project.
Updates to entries in the project database, whether to the /etc/project file or to a representation of the database in a network naming service, are not applied to currently active projects. The updates are applied to new tasks that join the project when either the login or the newtask command is used. For more information, see the login(1) and newtask(1) man pages.