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some of the users on our redhat box are massing up MBs of mail, by not regularly downloading. is there a way to put a limit on each mailbox?
can i also delete these enormous mailboxes by copying /dev/null into each large mailbox:
cp /dev/null /var/spool/mail/user?
we use sendmail and procmail, and i have just found out that procmail obeys user quotas, so i just have to set up disk quotas. anyone know any good help pages for that?
i have created aquota.user and aquota.group in the root folder / of the primary partition and have enabled quotas in fstab and then rebooted:
/dev/sda1 / ext3 defaults,usrquota,grpquota 1 1
a quotacheck -vm /dev/sda1 runs fine, and edquota -u myuser allows me to edit the quota setting for that user.
however when i try edquota -g mygroup it returns:
Failed to turn on quotas : quotaon: using //quota.user on /dev/sda1: No such file or directory
and when i try quotaon -v /dev/sda1 it returns:
quotaon: using //quota.group on /dev/sda1: No such file or directory
quotaon: using //quota.user on /dev/sda1: No such file or directory
does anyone have any clues?
well ther's nought like trying. and i just succeeded in setting up quotas for all users on the system. quotacheck is now running by a cronjob.
* the only thing i am still confused about is how quotacheck then notifies either me (root) or the user that they have too many files. in an ideal situation it would notify me, as i am the admin?
* and i am still unsure as to how to use the quotas to control the /var/spool/mail/usermailboxes
am still grateful for any feedback
all i had to do was enable quotas on the second partition whose root directory was /var and then set the quotas accordingly.
now each users mailbox in /var/spool/mail is also limited! :-)))
still not sure how quotacheck will notify me (or them) but that's not so important for the time being. the main thing is the mailboxes can't run away from me.