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When I add option userquota,groupquota to the main (/) partition of my Debian 6 DirectAdmin server, it mounts that partition in read-only mode.

Wat I did:

  1. nano /etc/fstab
  2. add userquota,groupquota after errors=continue in the 'options' column to the / mount-point
  3. save the file and exit nano
  4. reboot the server

On reboot it shows a lot of errors, all related to read-only filesystem.

Doen someone know what I perhaps did wrong? Thanks a lot!

Edit: my fstab looks like:

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
proc            /proc           proc    defaults        0       0
# / was on /dev/vda1 during installation
UUID=aca09b50-554b-45b6-b3b6-e4444f1f80b6 /               ext3    errors=continue,userquota,groupquota 0       1
# swap was on /dev/vda5 during installation
UUID=628fb534-f3e4-4c44-93ad-f9f7992feff6 none            swap    sw              0       0
/dev/scd0       /media/cdrom0   udf,iso9660 user,noauto     0       0
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The correct options are usrquota and grpquota. Also, after enabling quotas, you should run quotacheck -uvg /path/to/your/device in order to create the aquota.{user,group} files.

However, I would suggest to set up journalled quota as described in this tutorial.

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Do you know if that works with DirectAdmin? –  George Boot Jun 22 '12 at 10:47
Journaled quota? Yes, it works. –  Vladimir Blaskov Jun 22 '12 at 10:58
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