Chebucto Community Net's Quota System
In order to provide a stable computer system for all users, it is
necessary to have a quota system for user file storage. Services such
as mail, news, file handling, and file browsing all use the file storage
area(s), and are under the control of the quota system.
Your Home Directory
Each Chebucto Community Net account is given a quota in the home
directory to store personal files. These files will include a user
Profile, and mail that has been saved into folders. Also included are any
other files that have been uploaded or transfered to the user account,
such as graphic image files (gifs).
This quota is displayed on the line labeled "/csuite/home".
When the limit is reached, malfunctions and lost configuration files
The /var/mail Directory
There is also a quota in the /var/mail directory, which is
used to store Pine email messages in the INBOX folder. While this
directory's contents are confidential, excess messages in a user's INBOX
can adversely affect the performance of the mail system for others as
well as the user. Mail messages should be moved out of the INBOX as
soon as they have been read. When the /var/mail directory
reaches its limit, new mail will bounce rather than entering the user's
Below is an example of what a user's quota may look like. The numbers
under quota and limit are based on what all
Chebucto Community Net users are given when their account was created.
Filesystem usage quota limit timeleft files quota limit
/var/mail 505 500 1000 6.8 days 1 200 400
94 500 1000 10 200 400
The number under usage represents the number of blocks on the disk
surface. The number under files represents the number of file or
A user is more likely to exceed the quota of usage
(blocks) than files. 1 000 blocks is roughly equivalent to 1 megabyte.
Quota and Limit
The disk quota and limits (aka "hard quota" are enforced. Users
will experience serious problems
when they exceed their quota. User accounts with a quota over the limit
will display a log-in warning message. The warning will provide this
When seven days have elapsed without the account being brought under its
quota, the user will no longer have the ability to write new files or to
edit existing ones.
- how far the quota had been exceeded
- the location of the quota excess.
- the deadline for correcting the quota overrun.
Also, the system will automatically prevent the creation or re-saving of
any file that would exceed a user's limit. Users will experience
numerous random errors when running their account close to its quota limit.
Problems can be avoided by staying well below the quota.
We recommend that you use the [go quota] to
check your quota regularly.