What should I do when I exceed my quota?
If you are reaching your hard limit, the only thing you can do is
(re)move files (from your home directory) immediately, or you may be
unable to do anything else (possibly including logging in again).
If you are above your soft limit (but under your hard limit), you have
two weeks (from the time you first went above) to get back under it, after
which you get the same effect as if you had reached your hard limit.
There are two simple things you could do to reduce your disk usage and
hopefully go back under your quota:
If that is not enough, you will have to move some files to another disk (most
likely a data disk). If your home directory is reasonably well organized, it
is easier to just move entire subdirectories. To find out how much space each
of your subdirectories takes, type:
nice du -ks ~/* ~/.??* | sort -n
(which will give you a listing ordered by increasing size).
Suppose you want to move ~/SUBDIRECTORY to /ANOTHERDISK
(where ANOTHERDISK will be a path ending with your username); you do
nice gtar cf - . | (cd /ANOTHERDISK/SUBDIRECTORY; nice gtar xfBp -)
At this point make sure that the transfer worked--by comparing the old and new
SUBDIRECTORY in size and content--before proceeding with:
rm -fr SUBDIRECTORY
ln -s /ANOTHERDISK/SUBDIRECTORY
This will transfer ~/SUBDIRECTORY to /ANOTHERDISK and replace
it with a link to its new (physical) location, so that the old path still works
because the subdirectory still appears to be located in your home
Note that you should not move your ~/public_html subdirectory
(or your web pages will ``disappear''). If you find that you are using a lot
of space under that directory, it must be because you have lots of images or
other non-HTML files there (e.g., PostScript). If that is the case, follow
these instructions from the
How can I have my quota increased?
Quotas will be reevaluated about once a year to keep up with technology and
global computing needs. (Note that current quotas are in most cases several
times what they used to be sevearl years ago when they were disabled.) But an
individual user's quota will not be increased by request because the whole
point of quotas is to limit the amount of space used on a given disk. A lot of
space is available on other disks without quotas. If you do not have access to
such space, you should request it. However, if you feel that your quota is
woefully inadequate (compared to others), you can make a case for an increase
by detailing quantitatively all that must reside in your home directory.
(There can be exceptional situations.)