[TUHS] Quotas - did anyone ever use them?

Jim Geist velocityboy at gmail.com
Fri May 31 00:57:18 AEST 2019

I have an account on a school system that uses them.

On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 10:49 AM John P. Linderman <jpl.jpl at gmail.com>

> 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
> activities).
> 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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