Samba and quotas

Peter Kaagman P.Kaagman at
Mon Jan 22 11:35:05 GMT 2001

Hi all,

Being new on this list I do not really know if this is the correct list to post. After searching the archives I am pretty sure the answer is not yet here (or I can't search, which can be true)

My problem is as follows

We are currently testing a Linux/Samba server to host the home shares for about 1000 students at our school (the test is conducted with just 10 of them).

With ca 1000 students you can imagine the need for disk quotas (otherwise my system will crash after the x-th download off WinZip and such).

Linux offers diskquotas without any pain. I had it up and running within one afternoon.

Samba on the other end did not complain when a student exceeded his quota, it just made zero-size files. I then learned about the configure option --with-quotas.

At the moment I've got an recompilled version off samba with this option. The effect is that samba somehow overrules the qouta and writes the file after the quota is exceeded. Logged on as that user via ssh I learned that I can not make another file in  the shell because the quota is exceeded. So quotas are still in effect.

I've  not been able to find any information on this option to solve this behavior. So if anyone could point me in the right direction (or even have a solution on the boilerplate :-) ) ?


Peter Kaagman / Systeembeheer Atlas College

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