edquota - edit user quotas
edquota [-u] [-p proto-username] username | uid [...]
edquota -g [-p proto-groupname] groupname | gid [...]
edquota -t [-u]
edquota -t -g
edquota is a quota editor. By default, or if the -u flag is
one or more users may be specified on the command line. If
a numeric ID
is given instead of a name, that UID/GID will be used even
if there is
not a corresponding ID in the /etc/passwd or /etc/group
files. For each
user a temporary file is created with an ASCII representation of the current
disk quotas for that user. The list of filesystems
with user quotas
is determined from /etc/fstab. An editor is invoked on the
The editor invoked is vi(1) unless the environment variable
The quotas may then be modified, new quotas added, etc.
Setting a quota
to zero indicates that no quota should be imposed. Setting
a hard limit
to one indicates that no allocations should be permitted.
Setting a soft
limit to one with a hard limit of zero indicates that allocations should
be permitted on only a temporary basis (see -t below). The
information in the file is for informational purposes; only
the hard and
soft limits can be changed.
On leaving the editor, edquota reads the temporary file and
binary quota files to reflect the changes made.
If the -p flag is specified, edquota will 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.
If the -g flag is specified, edquota is invoked to edit the
quotas of one
or more groups specified on the command line. The -p flag
can be specified
in conjunction with the -g flag to specify a prototypical group to
be duplicated among the listed set of groups.
Users are permitted to exceed their soft limits for a grace
may be specified per filesystem. Once the grace period has
soft limit is enforced as a hard limit. The default grace
period for a
filesystem is specified in /usr/include/ufs/ufs/quota.h.
The -t flag can
be used to change the grace period. By default, or when invoked with the
-u flag, the grace period is set for all the filesystems
with user quotas
specified in /etc/fstab. When invoked with the -g flag the
is set for all the filesystems with group quotas specified
The grace period may be specified in days, hours, minutes,
Setting a grace period to zero indicates that the default
should be imposed. Setting a grace period to one second indicates that
no grace period should be granted.
Only the superuser may edit quotas.
quota.user at the filesystem root with user quotas
quota.group at the filesystem root with group quotas
/etc/fstab to find filesystem names and locations
Various messages about inaccessible files; self-explanatory.
quota(1), quotactl(2), fstab(5), quotacheck(8), quotaon(8),
OpenBSD 3.6 June 6, 1993
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