Reconfigure your kernel and add quota support by typing y to:
Quota support (CONFIG_QUOTA) [n] y
The quota software source is available from
Here's an example:
# Check quota and then turn quota on. if [ -x /usr/sbin/quotacheck ] then echo "Checking quotas. This may take some time." /usr/sbin/quotacheck -avug echo " Done." fi if [ -x /usr/sbin/quotaon ] then echo "Turning on quota." /usr/sbin/quotaon -avug fi
The golden rule is that always turn quota on after your file systems in /etc/fstab have been mounted, otherwise quota will fail to work. I recommend turning quota on at the end of your system init script, or, if you like, right after the part where file systems are mounted in your system init script.
Partitions that you have not yet enabled quota normally look something like:
/dev/hda1 / ext2 defaults 1 1 /dev/hda2 /usr ext2 defaults 1 1
To enable user quota support on a file system, add "usrquota" to the fourth field containing the word "defaults" (man fstab for details).
/dev/hda1 / ext2 defaults 1 1 /dev/hda2 /usr ext2 defaults,usrquota 1 1
Replace "usrquota" with "grpquota", should you need group quota support on a file system.
/dev/hda1 / ext2 defaults 1 1 /dev/hda2 /usr ext2 defaults,grpquota 1 1
Need both user quota and group quota support on a file system?
/dev/hda1 / ext2 defaults 1 1 /dev/hda2 /usr ext2 defaults,usrquota,grpquota 1 1
Both quota record files, quota.user and quota.group, should be owned by root, and read-write permission for root and none for anybody else.
Login as root. Go to the root of the partition you wish to enable quota, then create quota.user and quota.group by doing:
touch /partition/quota.user touch /partition/quota.group chmod 600 /partition/quota.user chmod 600 /partition/quota.group
Now reboot system for the changes you have made to take effect.
Also note that subsequent partitions you wish to enable quota in the future only require step 4, 5, and 6.