[TUHS] Quotas - did anyone ever use them?

Theodore Ts'o tytso at mit.edu
Fri May 31 00:34:14 AEST 2019

On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 06:49:05AM -0700, 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?

Back when MIT Project Athena was using Vax/750's as time sharing
machines (before the advent of the MicroVax II workstations and AFS),
students were assigned to a Vax 750, and were given a quota of I think
a megabyte, at least initially.  It could be increased by applying to
the user accounts office.  Given that there were roughly 4,000
undergraduates sharing 5 or 6 Vax/750's, it was somewhat understandable...

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