FreeBSD 9: Group quotas increase but don't decrease automatically

Konstantin Belousov kostikbel at
Fri Feb 3 14:52:39 UTC 2012

On Fri, Feb 03, 2012 at 07:30:54PM +0700, Adam Strohl wrote:
> I'm running FreeBSD 9 on a number of systems and finally decided to take 
> advantage of the quota system to enforce limits on my users.
> No real issues setting it all up aside from finding that 
> needs to be updated.   The new /etc/rc.conf entry is quota_enable="YES" 
> not enable_quotas="YES" as it says (assuming it used to be this in 
> 8.x?).  I'll file a PR for this shortly.
> I did however run into a more serious issue (I think):
> A group or user's allocation as reported by repquota(8) will increases 
> with new/growing files, however when a file is deleted or chgrped out of 
> the quota's group, the amount of space reported by repquota(8) does not 
> decrease.  I have verified that the system does not register the freed 
> space by going over the soft limit, being denied write, then deleting 
> files.  Even if I delete files which drop me below the soft quota limit, 
> I will not be able to add them as I am still "over quota".    So it does 
> not appear to be reporting issue, the system really doesn't realize the 
> usage has gone down.
> Interestingly the inode counts do decrease automatically/"instantly" as 
> I would expect.
> Running quotacheck(8) fixes the issue and updates the allocation counts, 
> but does not magically fix auto-updating, so needs to be done 
> periodically which can be a bit intensive depending on file count.
> I see this on all FreeBSD 9 machines with quotas turned on.
> For now I have a cron script which tries to guess (based on changing 
> inode counts, etc) if it should run quotacheck, and does so if needed 
> (to avoid just blindly running it periodically).
> Anyone else run into this?  Am I missing something?  Known issue?  Let 
> me know if anyone wants more info, etc.   I can also paste the work 
> around "smart" cron script if anyone is interested (and I'm not missing 
> something silly :P).

This is a bug in +J code (even if you do not use +J). Do you have
softupdates enabled on the volume ? If yes, try the following patch.

diff --git a/sys/ufs/ffs/ffs_softdep.c b/sys/ufs/ffs/ffs_softdep.c
index 5b4b6b9..ed2db79 100644
--- a/sys/ufs/ffs/ffs_softdep.c
+++ b/sys/ufs/ffs/ffs_softdep.c
@@ -43,6 +43,7 @@
 #include "opt_ffs.h"
+#include "opt_quota.h"
 #include "opt_ddb.h"
@@ -6428,7 +6429,7 @@ softdep_setup_freeblocks(ip, length, flags)
 #ifdef QUOTA
 	/* Reference the quotas in case the block count is wrong in the end. */
-	quotaref(vp, freeblks->fb_quota);
+	quotaref(ITOV(ip), freeblks->fb_quota);
 	(void) chkdq(ip, -datablocks, NOCRED, 0);
 	freeblks->fb_chkcnt = -datablocks;
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