WHAT IS A DISK QUOTA? WHAT ARE THE DISK QUOTA POLICIES ON SDF? When you create an account on this system, you immediately have an allocation of 20 megabytes and about 500 inodes (or number of files) for your home directory, located in the /udd filesystem. You also have a 20 megabyte allocation in /mail, /www and /ftp (for gopher). Please note that the exception being /mail, which has a limited inode allocation of 5. When you get a message stating you have EXCEEDED YOUR QUOTA this means that you either have more than 20 megabytes in your home directory or more than 500 files. If you are going to need more disk space for a more elaborate home page, a lot of email or just room for archiving, you can obtain a 150 megabyte quota (5000 files) for each of the four file systems by becoming an ARPA member. Type 'arpa' at the shell. If you still need more inodes and space you can join the MetaARPA membership which will automatically triple the total number of files you may have, per file system (15000 inodes) and give you an additional 50 megabyte quota (200 MB per filesystem). Type 'meta' at the shell. Furthermore, you can custom tailor your disk quota by typing 'tweak' at the shell. The TWEAK membership is designed for people who need get the most out of SDF's disk resources. This membership allows you to use your standard disk allocation as a 'chunk' from which you can assign specific amounts to each of the four filesystems. For instance, if you want more space allocated for /mail than for your /www, you could run tweak to allocate 250mb for /mail and 50mb for /www, 50mb for home and 50mb for /ftp (gopher). GRACE PERIODS - HOW LONG CAN I REMAIN OVER QUOTA? A grace period is the number of days your disk use may be over its limits. In this version of NetBSD this feature DOES NOT WORK. Please note that this is stated in the setquota(8) man page. If you view your quota settings with the 'quota' command you will notice 'none' under grace if you have exceeded your disk quota. Ideally SDF would like to limit this period to 5-10 days. Remember, you are sharing a system with tens of thousands of other people, please be responsible. Most applications will exit or report an error if you exceed your disk quota. Ignorance of your current quota, quota settings or blatant disregard of 'EXCEEDED QUOTA' messages is no excuse. You CAN and WILL lose data if you have exceeded your disk quota and do not take immediate action. As per the SDF user agreement, SDF can not be held responsible for any data loss you may incur. If you are going to use our disks with a close to or maxed out quota, it is highly recommend that you run the 'quota' command often or put it in your .profile so you will be aware of the situation.