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edquota - edit user quotas


edquota [ -p protoname ] [ -u | -g ] [ -r ] [ -F format-name ] [ -f filesystem ] username...

edquota [ -u | -g ] [ -F format-name ] [ -f filesystem ] -t

edquota [ -u | -g ] [ -F format-name ] [ -f filesystem ] -T username groupname...


edquota is a quota editor. One or more users or groups may be specified on the command line. If a number is given in the place of user/group name it is threated as an UID/GID. For each user or group a temporary file is created with an ASCII representation of the current disk quotas for that user or group and an editor is then invoked on the file. The quotas may then be modified, new quotas added, etc. Setting a quota to zero indicates that no quota should be imposed.

Users are permitted to exceed their soft limits for a grace period that may be specified per filesystem. Once the grace period has expired, the soft limit is enforced as a hard limit.

The current usage information in the file is for informational purposes; only the hard and soft limits can be changed.

Upon leaving the editor, edquota reads the temporary file and modifies the binary quota files to reflect the changes made.

The editor invoked is vi(1) unless either the EDITOR or the VISUAL environment variable specifies otherwise.

Only the super-user may edit quotas.


Edit also non-local quota use rpc.rquotad on remote server to set quota. This option is available only if quota tools were compiled with enabled support for setting quotas over RPC. The -n option is equivalent, and is maintained for backward compatibility.

Edit the user quota. This is the default.

Edit the group quota.

-p protoname
Duplicate the quotas of the prototypical user specified for each user specified. This is the normal mechanism used to initialize quotas for groups of users.

-F format-name
Edit quota for specified format (ie. don’t perform format autodetection). Possible format names are: vfsold (version 1 quota), vfsv0 (version 2 quota), rpc (quota over NFS), xfs (quota on XFS filesystem)

-f filesystem
Perform specified operations only for given filesystem (default is to perform operations for all filesystems with quota).

Edit the soft time limits for each filesystem. In old quota format if the time limits are zero, the default time limits in <linux/quota.h> are used. In new quota format time limits must be specified (there is no default value set in kernel). Time units of ‘seconds’, ‘minutes’, ‘hours’, and ‘days’ are understood. Time limits are printed in the greatest possible time unit such that the value is greater than or equal to one.

Edit time for the user/group when softlimit is enforced. Possible values are ‘unset’ or number and unit. Units are the same as in -t option.


aquota.user or
quota file at the filesystem root (version 2 quota, non-XFS filesystems)
quota.user or
quota file at the filesystem root (version 1 quota, non-XFS filesystems)

mounted filesystems table

See Also

quota(1) , vi(1) , quotactl(2) , quotacheck(8) , quotaon(8) , repquota(8) , setquota(8)

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