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SubjectRe: RFC - tree quotas for Linux (2.4.12, ext2)
> On Monday October 29, wrote:
> > >
> > > I accept that it does look like a bit of a hack.
> > > But I think it is simple, understandable, and predictable.
> > > And I think that (for me) the value of tree quotas is more than enough
> > > to offset that cost.
> > I just don't like the idea that when you do lookup you can suddenly get
> > Disk quota exceeded... I'd concern this behaviour a bit nonintuitive. I agree
> > that if root makes lookup of every file after moving directories then this
> > doesn't happen but still I don't like the design :).
> >
> You cannot get "Disk quota exceeded" on a lookup. If treequota_check
> finds a discrepancy it fixes it with "notify_change" with
> ia_valid set to ATTR_FORCE | ATTR_TID.
> I changed quota_transfer to take ATTR_FORCE to mean "just do it, even
> if it exceeds quota, and don't give an error". Given that ATTR_FORCE
> is not actually used at all in the current kernel, I felt fairly free
> to interpret it how I wanted.
Hmm.. I should have read your patch more carefuly.. Sorry.

> So the only non-intuitive thing that can happen is that you find your
> usage mysteriously changes. However this can only happen after
> administrator intervention, and with uid quotas administrator
> intervention (e.g. chown -R) can equally cause mysterious changes of
> usage.
> However I'm not particularly trying to convince anyone to use or
> approve of tree-quotas. I was after comments to make sure that I
> hadn't missed something in thinking through the issues. I thank you
> and others for your comments. The fact that I am comfortable with my
> answers (though you may not be) encourages me that I haven't missed
> anything.
> I will be using treequotas locally next year and will keep the
> patches on my web-page up-to-date. I have heard from at least one
> person who thinks they might be useful, so there are probably a few
> dozen who might find it useful.
:) I also think tree quotas are useful I'd just like to think of some
nicer solution...:)

Jan Kara <>
SuSE CR Labs
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