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setquota - set disk quotas


setquota [ -r ] [ -u | -g ] [ -F quotaformat ] name block-softlimit block-hardlimit inode-softlimit inode-hardlimit -a | filesystem...

setquota [ -r ] [ -u | -g ] [ -F quotaformat ] [ -p protoname ] name -a | filesystem...

setquota -b [ -r ] [ -u | -g ] [ -F quotaformat ] -a | filesystem...

setquota -t [ -u | -g ] [ -F quotaformat ] block-grace inode-grace -a filesystem...

setquota -T [ -u | -g ] [ -F quotaformat ] name block-grace inode-grace -a | filesystem...


setquota is a command line quota editor. The filesystem, user/group name and new quotas for this filesystem can be specified on the command line. Note that if a number is given in the place of a user/group name it is threated as an UID/GID.

Edit also remote 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.

-F quotaformat
Perform setting 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)

Set user quotas for named user. This is the default.

Set group quotas for named group.

-p protoname
Use quota settings of user or group protoname to set the quota for the named user or group.

Read information to set from stdin (input format is name block_softlimit block-hardlimit inode-softlimit inode-hardlimit ).

Set grace times for users/groups. Times block-grace and inodegrace are specified in seconds.

Alter times for individual user/group when softlimit is enforced. Times block-grace and inode-grace are specified in seconds or can be string ‘unset’.

Go through all filesystems with quota in /etc/mtab and perform setting.

To disable a quota, set the coresponding parameter to 0. To change quotas for several filesystems, invoke once for each filesystem.

Only the super-user may edit quotas.


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 filesystem table

See Also

edquota(8) , quota(1) , quotactl(2) , quotacheck(8) , quotaon(8) , repquota(8)

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