There are a million sites on how to set up user/group quotas, but none actually explain what a group quota is. Is it

  1. The maximum disk space for the entire group (ie 100GB for 100 users)
  2. The disk space to be evenly distributed amongst all members of a group (ie. 100 GB for 100 users = 1 GB per user).

A group quota is the maximum amount of disk space that can be used by all files owned by a particular group. There is no attempt to divide it up by users, and in practice there would be no sensible way to do that.

  • If you wanted it divided by user you'd have made it a user quota in the first place. – DerfK Nov 4 '11 at 0:08
  • That's a shame b/c that's what I want. How does gmail do it? They divide their disk space evenly amongst their account holders. – puk Nov 4 '11 at 0:08
  • @DerfK I will make a new question for this, but I am having a difficult time automating the quota process b/c edquota opens up vim – puk Nov 4 '11 at 0:09
  • @puk: Gmail simply gives each user a fixed quota. – David Schwartz Nov 4 '11 at 0:11
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    @puk, don't use edquota to modify your quotas then. Setup a template account and use setquota. See this answer. serverfault.com/questions/226917/… – Zoredache Nov 4 '11 at 0:13

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