Home Directory Quotas

Home Directory File Space Management

Disk space is managed to try and avoid an individual from consuming all available disk space, and so stopping others from being able to work, and causing the backups to fail. Space is provided for your current academic work and if asked we will consider reasonable requests for additional disk space allocation.

Windows: How much space am I using?

Windows users can find out about their disk space usage by looking at their P:\ network drive. To do this:

  • double-click on Computer (either on your desktop or on your Start menu)
  • right-click on the "Home (\\stats.ox.ac.uk\STATSDFS\STATS) (P:)" drive
  • select "Properties" on the drop-down menu
  • on the properties window you will get a listing of the used and free space and a pie chart.

Linux: How much space am I using?

If you are able to log into a Linux system you can find out about your disk usage there with these simple commands:

For new users (late Summer 2011 onwards) and those migrated to the new home directory server Muteswan
df -h .
du -h ~/* | sort -h
du -h ??* | sort -h
The first command changes your current directory to the top of your home directory space.

The second command shows how much space you have assigned, used and available, e.g.

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
muteswan.stats.ox.ac.uk.:/data_1/export/users/u/user 2.0G

For a fictional account with a login of "user", has a total allocation of 2.0 GBytes, has used 61% (1.3 GBytes) of it, and where on the local computer their files are located, so e.g. ls /homes/user lists their files.

The third and fourth commands will list the size of all directories and all hidden directories and sort them with the largest at the end.

For existing users still using the file server Markov, please read this page

Tips on saving space

  • A few simple steps you can take to help reduce your disk usage.
  • If you have a lot of files which you no longer need, please delete them.
  • If you have files which could be compressed, consider using compression tools (e.g. on Linux gzip, bzip2)
  • If you have files which you don't need on-line or everyday, consider storing them on CD/DVD, or your own USB memory disk. It is generally wise to make more than one copy of your data.
  • If you have files which you need to have on-line, but do not need to be backed up as often, then you should use the local file area on your desktop PC. For Windows users, this will be the D: or E: drive (never the C: drive). For Linux users, this will be a /data/hostname area, please email it-help@stats.ox.ac.uk to ask about setting this up for you.
  • If reading email from several mail servers, don't configure your reader to automatically download every message to your home directory space, leave the messages on the mail server.