[TUHS] Quotas - did anyone ever use them?

John P. Linderman jpl.jpl at gmail.com
Fri May 31 00:48:50 AEST 2019

We used them in an AT&T Labs research environment. The intent was less to
prevent users from selfishly grabbing (then semi-precious) disk space but
to prevent accidents from adversely affecting the user community at large.
If you *knew* you were going to need honking amounts of disk, the sysadmins
would raise the quota (probably on a partition dedicated to such

On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 10:40 AM Theodore Ts'o <tytso at mit.edu> wrote:

> 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...
>                                             - Ted
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