University of Vermont

Information Technology


More About Quotas

In order to allocate disk space on fairly, taking into account needs as well as available resources, CIT has developed a quota policy for the Zoo cluster. Our expectation is that most people can stay within 2 gigabytes (GB). If you are near or over 2GB you should work to reduce space used. The system can usually tolerate modest, short term usage beyond 2GB, but long term, excessive overages will result in the system application of a "hard" quota. What is excessive will depend on how many people go over the quota. Obviously, if your usage is below the default quota, there will be no need for enforcement! If your account is already under a system-enforced quota, you simply need to live within that assigned quota.

To view your usage (if your account has a system-enforced quota) type:

    quota -v
Some useful UNIX commands are:

du -a -k (list all directories/subdirectories and files contained therein)
du -ka | sort -n (sort output from above command by size)
du -ks * | sort -n (summarize total disk space for each file or directory, and sort by size)
ls -al (lists all files/directories)
ls -al | more (breaks output up by screenful, if you have many files/directories)
rm -i filename (removes a file when used in junction with a specific filename)
rmtinindex (will remove indexes of the newsreader Tin)

For guidance on these and other commands, you can refer to the manual pages by typing: man -k keyword (where "keyword" is the keyword you need help on).

The Help Line may be contacted for general inquiries and assistance by email to or telephone at 656-2604.

For specific inquiries regarding quota extensions, send e-mail to Identity and Account Management.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Computing and Information Technology,
Copyright 2001 The University of Vermont

Last modified July 29 2015 10:23 AM

Contact UVM © 2018 The University of Vermont - Burlington, VT 05405 - (802) 656-3131