What is my disk quota?

Each user is assigned a disk space quota, or allotment, when their account is created to insure that there will be sufficient disk space for all our users' needs.

At login, a message will be printed to alert you if you are approaching your quota. If you ignore this message past the time printed, any files that you attempt to create or append to may be truncated. Once you are over quota, programs may fail to run and you may also be prevented from logging in.

The best practice is to check your quota occasionally, and if it appears you are nearing your quota, you should see what files you may be able to remove from your account to provide yourself with more disk space.

You should never need to remove files that you need in order to meet your disk quota. If you anticipate a long-term need for an unusually large amount of disk space, please notify the EML staff before the need becomes acute, so that we can find a suitable location for your files without encroaching on the files of other users. Additional disk space may be requested by sending mail to manager@econ.berkeley.edu.

The disk quota consists of two limits: the soft limit, which you will be warned for exceeding, and the hard limit, which you will be prevented from exceeding. See also quota(1) in the UNIX manual.

Here are the default quotas in megabytes (MB):

Table 1. Default Quotas

Account TypeSoft LimitHard Limit
Graduate Students 5 GB 1.5 GB
Faculty 5 GB 1.5 GB
Visitor and Guest 100 MB 110 MB

Each user is expected to monitor their own disk usage and to attempt to stay within their quota. To view your current usage, type 'quota' on the command line.