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quotas(4)							     quotas(4)

NAME
     quotas - filesystem quota subsystem

DESCRIPTION
     In most computing environments, disk space is not infinite.  The
     lbootable quotas subsystem provides a mechanism to control usage of disk
     space.  Quotas can be set for each individual user on any or all of the
     local filesystems.	 The quotas subsystem warns users when they exceed
     their allotted limit, but allows some extra space for current work (hard
     limit/soft limit).	 In addition, XFS filesystems with limit enforcement
     turned off can be used as an effective disk usage accounting system.

   Users' Views of Disk Quotas
     To most users, disk quotas are either of no concern or a fact of life
     that cannot be avoided.  There are two possible quotas that can be
     imposed; usually if one is imposed, both are.  A limit can be set on the
     amount of space a user can occupy, and there may be a limit on the number
     of files (inodes) he can own.

     The quota(1) command provides information on the quotas that have been
     set by the system administrators and current usage.

     There are four numbers for each limit:  current usage, soft limit
     (quota), hard limit, and time limit.  The soft limit is the number of 1K
     blocks (or files) that the user is expected to remain below.  The hard
     limit cannot be exceeded.	If a user's usage reaches the hard limit,
     further requests for space (or attempts to create a file) fail with an
     EDQUOT/ENOSPC error.

     When a user exceeds the soft limit, the timer is enabled.	Any time the
     quota drops below the soft limits, the timer is disabled.	If the timer
     pops, the particular limit that has been exceeded is treated as if the
     hard limit has been reached, and no more resources are allocated to the
     user.  The only way to reset this condition, short of turning off limit
     enforcement or increasing the limit, is to reduce usage below quota.
     Only the superuser can set the time limits and this is done on a per
     filesystem basis.

   Surviving When the Quota Limit Is Reached
     In most cases, the only way for a user to recover from over-quota
     conditions is to abort whatever activity is in progress on the filesystem
     that has reached its limit, remove sufficient files to bring the limit
     back below quota, and retry the failed program.

     However, if a user is in the editor and a write fails because of an over
     quota situation, that is not a suitable course of action.	It is most
     likely that initially attempting to write the file has truncated its
     previous contents, so if the editor is aborted without correctly writing
     the file, not only are the recent changes lost, but possibly much, or
     even all, of the contents that previously existed.

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     There are several possible safe exits for a user caught in this
     situation.	 He can use the editor ! shell escape command to examine his
     file space and remove surplus files.  Alternatively, using csh(1), he can
     suspend the editor, remove some files, then resume it.  A third
     possibility is to write the file to some other filesystem (perhaps to a
     file on /tmp) where the user's quota has not been exceeded.  Then after
     rectifying the quota situation, the file can be moved back to the
     filesystem it belongs on.

   Administering the Quota System
     Quotas is an lbootable subsystem that can be installed by the
     administrator.  A decision as to what filesystems need to have quotas
     enabled needs to be made.	Usually, only filesystems that house users'
     home directories or other user files need to be subjected to the quota
     system.  If possible, /tmp should be free of quotas.

     XFS and EFS quota systems share many characteristics. However, overall
     XFS offers a richer set of functionalities. We will explain the old EFS
     quota system first and differences in XFS afterwards.

   Administering the EFS Quota System
     On EFS filesystems, a file by the name of quotas should be created in the
     root of the filesystems that are to have quotas.  This file should be of
     size zero and should be writable only by root.  After deciding on the
     filesystems that will have quotas, the administrator then establishes
     quotas for individual users.  The edquota(1M) command is used to actually
     set the limits desired upon each user.  Where a number of users are to be
     given the same quotas (a common occurrence) the -p option to edquota
     allows this to be easily accomplished.  Unless explicitly given a quota,
     users have no limits set on the amount of disk they can use or the number
     of files they can create.

     Once the quotas are set and ready to operate, the system must be informed
     to enforce quotas on the desired filesystems.  This is accomplished with
     the quotaon(1M) command.  For quotas to be accurate, it should be enabled
     on a local filesystem immediately after the filesystem has been mounted.
     quotaon either enables quotas for a particular filesystem or, with the -a
     option, enables quotas for each filesystem indicated in /etc/fstab as
     using quotas.  See fstab(4) for details.  When the quotas subsystem is
     installed,

	  /usr/etc/quotaon -a

     can be automatically executed during system boot up time by /etc/rc2.
     The script /etc/init.d/quotas handles enabling of quotas and it uses the
     chkconfig(1M) command to check the quotas configuration flag to decide
     whether or not to enable quotas.  Users can circumvent the quotas
     mechanism by giving the files away to other users with the use of
     chown(1) or chown(2).  The system administrator can prevent this by
     setting the variable restricted_chown to a non-zero value (see intro(2)
     and lboot(1M)).

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     When quotas need to be disabled, the quotaoff(1M) command is used.
     However, if the filesystem is about to be dismounted, the umount(1M)
     command disables quotas immediately before the filesystem is unmounted.
     This is actually an effect of the umount(2) system call, and it
     guarantees that the quota system is not disabled if the umount would fail
     because the filesystem is not idle.

     Periodically (certainly after each reboot and when quotas are first
     enabled for a filesystem), the records retained in the quota file should
     be checked for consistency with the actual number of blocks and files
     allocated to the user.  The quotacheck(1M) command is used to accomplish
     this.  It is not necessary to dismount the filesystem or disable the
     quota system to run this command, though on active filesystems inaccurate
     results may occur.	 This does no real harm in most cases; another run of
     quotacheck when the filesystem is idle corrects any inaccuracy.
     quotacheck can be run automatically during boot up via the script
     /etc/init.d/quotas.  Since quotacheck can take some time, there is a
     chkconfig flag called quotacheck that controls whether or not to run
     quotacheck at system boot up time.

     The superuser can use the quota command to examine the usage and quotas
     of any user, and the repquota(1M) command can be used to check the usages
     and limits for all users on a filesystem.

   Administering the XFS Quota System
     The XFS quota system is different from that of EFS in many ways.

     o	  There is no necessity for a quotas file in the root of the XFS
	  filesystem.

     o	  XFS distinguishes between quota accounting and limit enforcement.
	  Quota accounting must be turned on at the time of mounting the XFS
	  filesystem.  However, it is possible to turn on/off limit
	  enforcement any time quota accounting is turned on. The quota option
	  in fstab(4) (or -o quota in mount(1M) ) turns on both quota
	  accounting and enforcement. The qnoenforce option must be used to
	  turn on accounting with limit enforcement disabled.  quotaon(1M)
	  contains some examples of frequently used procedures.

     o	  Turning on quotas on the root filesystem is slightly different from
	  the above.  quotaon(1M) must be used on the root XFS filesystem
	  first; quotas will be turned on the next time the system is
	  rebooted.  It is useful to use repquota(1M) with the -s option to
	  monitor the effect of quotaon/off at various stages.

     o	  quotacheck(1M) has no effect on XFS filesystems. The first time
	  quota accounting is turned on, XFS does an automatic quotacheck
	  internally; afterwards, the quota system will always be completely
	  consistent until quotas are manually turned off.  Similarly,
	  /etc/chkconfig(1M) options quotas and quotacheck are not needed for
	  XFS filesystems.

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     o	  repquota(1M) with the -s option can be used to monitor the status of
	  the quota system of an XFS filesystem.  This can be used to see if
	  quotas are turned on, given an XFS filesystem.  It can also be used
	  to monitor the space occupied by the quota system itself.

     o	  repquota also provides a -e option to output the limits of all users
	  listed in /etc/passwd to a file that can later be read in by
	  edquota(1M).	This is useful in recreating the limits of a large
	  number of users. A possible scenario would be (a) creating the
	  output file using repquota, (b) turning off quotas and deleting all
	  the quota information (including limits, etc), (c) mounting the XFS
	  filesystem back with quotas turned on, and (d) reading that file
	  containing limits of users using edquota.  This procedure will help
	  compact the quota information. Keeping all the limits saved in a
	  file for later use will also help in case of a disaster because,
	  apart from xfsdump(1M), backup utilities do not handle quota
	  information.

     o	  edquota(1M) cannot be used to set quota limits before turning on
	  quotas on the filesystem concerned.

     o	  XFS filesystems keep quota accounting on the superuser, and quota -v
	  will display the superuser's usage information. However, limits are
	  never enforced on the superuser.

     o	  XFS filesystems keep quota accounting whether the user has quota
	  limits or not.

   Quota Implementation Notes
     On EFS filesystems, disk quota usage information is stored in a file on
     the filesystem that the quotas are to be applied to.  Conventionally,
     this file is called quotas, and resides at the root of the filesystem.
     While this name is not known to the system in any way, several of the
     user level utilities "know" it, and choosing any other name is not wise.

     The data in the quotas file is stored in a format different from
     Berkeley's implementation.	 Any direct accesses to the file by programs
     is not recommended.  Instead, use the commands or the quotactl(2) system
     call to access or modify the quota information.

     The system is informed of the existence of the quota file by the quotactl
     system call.  It then reads the quota entries for any open files owned by
     users.  Each subsequent open of a file in the filesystem is accompanied
     by a pairing with its quota information.  In memory, the quota
     information is kept hashed by user ID and filesystem and retained in an
     LRU chain so recently released data can be easily reclaimed.

     Each time a block is accessed or released and each time an inode is
     allocated or freed, the quota system gets told about it and, in the case
     of allocations, gets the opportunity to deny the allocation.

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     Note that the XFS quota system implementation is radically different from
     that of EFS described above. XFS considers quota information as
     filesystem metadata and uses journalling to provide a higher level
     guarantee of consistency.	Among other things, it is worth mentioning
     that XFS can keep accounting information for a very large number of
     active users efficiently.

BUGS
     Currently, it is not possible to enable quotas on XFS realtime
     filesystems.

FILES
     /etc/init.d/quotas	      script to enable and disable quotas
     /etc/rc2.d/S14quotas     linked to /etc/init.d/quotas
     /etc/config/quotas	      chkconfig flag
     /etc/config/quotacheck   chkconfig flag

SEE ALSO
     mount(1M), chkconfig(1M), edquota(1M), quota(1), quotacheck(1M), rc2(1M),
     repquota(1M), quotactl(2), fstab(4).

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