[TUHS] Quotas - did anyone ever use them?

Diomidis Spinellis dds at aueb.gr
Fri May 31 00:23:48 AEST 2019

As a university student in the 1980s we had a cluster of Sun 3/50s using 
a Gould computer as a file server over NFS.  The system administrators 
had quotas enabled (5MB per student) to prevent students gobbling up 
disk space.

Here's an email I received when I used more disk space than what was 

> From: Tim [...] <[...]@doc.ic.ac.uk>
> Date: Tue, 13 Feb 90 10:54:18 GMT
> X-Mailer: Mail User's Shell (7.0.3 12/22/89)
> To: zmact61 at doc.ic.ac.uk
> Subject: quota
> Message-ID:  <9002131054.aa20550 at tgould.doc.ic.ac.uk>
> Status: ORr
> D Spinellis
> I see you have taken advantage of a small admin. oversight when
> no quotas were set for your class.
> On Friday 16th I shall be setting your disk quota to 5Mb, and your 
> inode quota to 500.   Please take appropriate action.
> Disk quotas for (no account) (uid 1461):
> Filesystem     usage  quota  limit    timeleft  files  quota  limit    timeleft
> /home/gould/teach
>                18545  20000  21000               1602   1700   1750            
> /home/gould/staff
>                    0    200    250                  0     40     50      


On 30-May-19 16:49, David wrote:
> I think it was BSD 4.1 that added quotas to the disk system, and I was just wondering if anyone ever used them, in academia or industry. As a user and an admin I never used this and, while I thought it was interesting, just figured that the users would sort it out amongst themselves. Which they mostly did.
> So, anyone ever use this feature?
> 	David

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