setquota(8) — Linux manual page


SETQUOTA(8)              System Manager's Manual             SETQUOTA(8)

NAME         top

       setquota - set disk quotas

SYNOPSIS         top

       setquota [ -rm ] [ -u | -g | -P ] [ -F quotaformat ] name block-
       softlimit block-hardlimit inode-softlimit inode-hardlimit -a |

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

       setquota -b [ -rm ] [ -u | -g | -P ] [ -F quotaformat ] -a |

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

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

DESCRIPTION         top

       setquota is a command line quota editor.  The filesystem,
       user/group/project 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/project name it is treated as an
       UID/GID/project ID.

       -r, --remote
              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

       -m, --no-mixed-pathnames
              Currently, pathnames of NFSv4 mountpoints are sent without
              leading slash in the path.  rpc.rquotad uses this to
              recognize NFSv4 mounts and properly prepend pseudoroot of
              NFS filesystem to the path. If you specify this option,
              setquota will always send paths with a leading slash. This
              can be useful for legacy reasons but be aware that quota
              over RPC will stop working if you are using new

       -F, --format=quotaformat
              Perform setting for specified format (ie. don't perform
              format autodetection).  Possible format names are: vfsold
              Original quota format with 16-bit UIDs / GIDs, vfsv0 Quota
              format with 32-bit UIDs / GIDs, 64-bit space usage, 32-bit
              inode usage and limits, vfsv1 Quota format with 64-bit
              quota limits and usage, rpc (quota over NFS), xfs (quota
              on XFS filesystem)

       -u, --user
              Set user quotas for named user. This is the default.

       -g, --group
              Set group quotas for named group.

       -P, --project
              Set project quotas for named project.

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

              Always try to translate user / group / project name to uid
              / gid / project ID even if the name is composed of digits

       -b, --batch
              Read information to set from stdin (input format is name
              block-softlimit block-hardlimit inode-softlimit inode-
              hardlimit ). Empty lines and lines starting with # are

       -c, --continue-batch
              If parsing of an input line in batch mode fails, continue
              with processing the next line.

       -t, --edit-period
              Set grace times for users/groups/projects. Times block-
              grace and inode-grace are specified in seconds.

       -T, --edit-times
              Alter times for individual user/group/project when
              softlimit is enforced. Times block-grace and inode-grace
              are specified in seconds or can be string 'unset'.

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

       block-softlimit and block-hardlimit are interpreted as multiples
       of kibibyte (1024 bytes) blocks by default.  Symbols K, M, G, and
       T can be appended to numeric value to express kibibytes,
       mebibytes, gibibytes, and tebibytes.

       inode-softlimit and inode-hardlimit are interpreted literally.
       Symbols k, m, g, and t can be appended to numeric value to
       express multiples of 10^3, 10^6, 10^9, and 10^12 inodes.

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

       Only the super-user may edit quotas.

FILES         top

       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         top

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

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