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Re: Okay, so what's up with Filespace now?

acdragonmaster sent me an e-mail today about Filespace, which brought something I'd forgotten to mention to my attention. Here's my reply:
> Normally you seem to post Filespace updates in your
> journal, but I didn't see the info about the new quota
> thing until I happened to go to the site to look at
> something.  So what exactly is going on, anyway?
A week or two ago, the server's /var partition hit 90% usage. That's a magic value at which the server severely restricts writing new data to that drive--essentially, only the system administrator can create new files or add to existing ones. This growth was mainly caused by Filespace, which lives in /var/www/filespace, but it affected log files, databases, and all sorts of other stuff on that drive.

I've since installed a second hard drive and moved /var/www onto its own 4gb partition, but I also want to control Filespace's growth, so I've added the quota system in. I haven't announced it to Filespace's users because it's not quite finished: users who are over quota have been notified of that, but have until Tuesday to delete enough to get themselves under quota.

Nearly as importantly, I still need to write the pages needed for users to buy extra space--I feel that it's extremely important that users still be able to get more than 5mb of space if they really need it.

It hasn't been mentioned on my journal simply because I hadn't thought to--it was a decision I made more or less alone, and so far implementing it hasn't been difficult, so I never saw any reason to post to my journal about it.

I'll send out an e-mail to all users when it's done, and I'll mention it on my journal...actually, I'll probably paste this e-mail into it, now that this has come up. I may not be able to work on the "buy extra space" pages for another few days--I have an upcoming deadline--so I don't know exactly when I'll be finished.

Thanks for asking,
Brent Dax <brent@filespace.org>
Administrator, Filespace


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Jun. 19th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)
Okay, you say that you'll have a system for people to buy more space in a couple of days, but people who're already over will have files deleted next Tuesday. To me, that looks like you're *really* cutting it close, and making it very likely that people will end up with large amounts of files deleted before they have an opportunity to buy more space (assuming they want to). Yes, I know you sent an e-mail out, but that still doesn't change teh fact that your buying more space system simply isn't there yet, people might see the e-mail, check the site, and then not check back for a while.

Also, I can't remember where I saw this (on Filespace or here or wherever), but I remember noticing some reference to people having permission to have files over quota. Is this just a very selective thing, or is it refering to the MT chat people who originally were using Filespace, as I notice several are near or over their quota already? (often because of fanart and voice recordings of MT strips)

Just curious.
Jun. 19th, 2004 12:48 pm (UTC)
The e-mail I sent out has some text to the effect of "the pages to buy space aren't ready yet, but if you're interested, contact me and we'll work something out."

In the end, nobody is allowed to have files over quota; however, the quota is adjustable on a user-by-user basis, and it can be set to infinity. This is extremely selective--right now, just myself and an RL friend who has permission to post some video files.
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