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In Octobre 2018, we start to enforce disk quota on the Home Directory Servers. That means you cannot write more data to $HOME than the allotted quotum. The server will act as if your disk is full.

At login time a dialog window will show your current data usage and quota.

Example: Quota-dailog.png

Q: How much quotum do I have?

A: As of Octobre 2018 quota will initially be set to 10 Gb more than your data usage, with a minimum of 50 Gb.

Q: What if I exceed my quotum?

A: A warning dialog will show every 30 minutes, showing the quota information. You will still be able to write to your home directory, as there is a fall-back of 10 Gb extra.

However when you exceed this fall-back limit (also called "hard limit") your programs won't be able to write anymore and will be in "disk full" condition.

The fall-back of 10 Gb extra also will expire in 7 days after first exceeding the limit. When it expires, "disk full" condition will apply as if the (hard) limit was reached.

Q: I need more space. What do I do?

A: Either delete some file you do not need anymore, or ask for more space (quotum). Generally your quotum will be increased by return, if server disk space allows. However, if you need considerably more than, say 100 Gb, we will ask you request a "project directory" and store the bulk of your files there. See: Project Directories.

Q: I exceeded my quota. All my programs started complaining, and I can't work any more. I can't even log in any more.

A: That's a pity. In the worst case, press <CTR><F2> to get to a text-mode prompt. Log in, and delete some stuff until there is free space. After you logged out, <CTRL><F7> to get back to a graphics mode screen, and perhaps reboot. You should be able to work again.

Q: Quota are a nuisance! Why do we have to have them!?!

A: If large file systems break, fixing them takes weeks. So we want small filesystems. But if one single user writes too much data, all your lwps stop working. And on a small filesystem, the risk is considerable.

Q: Why this artificial split between $HOME and /project?

A: All your programs (shells, editors, browsers, mail, Matlab, etc. etc.) write to $HOME by default. If $HOME is full, all of those break, and some corrupt their data - silently, if you have bad luck. We don't want this for any significant number of users. If /project (or part of it) overflows, only the programs break that were specifically directed to it. That's still bad, but not at all as bad as all your programs failing.