[TUHS] Quotas - did anyone ever use them?

KatolaZ katolaz at freaknet.org
Fri May 31 01:00:42 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?

As others have said already, disk (or better, filesystem) quotas have
been used widely in any environment with more than a few users. I
remember a 5MB quota at uni when I was an undergrad, and I definitely
remember when it was increased to 10MB :)

Filesystem quotas are currently used extensively in large computing
facilities (clusters and distributed computing systems of different
sort), and in virtually all pubnix systems (we have been using it for
"medialab" at freaknet for more than 20 years now...).

Over the years I have learnt that if unix has something that I think
is useless, then almost surely I have not bumped into the use case,
and the use case is normally important enough to explain why that
feature was made part of unix ;)



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