Fix Cpanel Quotas Published: Mar 30, 2004
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Cpanel tutorial to fix Cpanel when the user quotas aren't reading properly or showing unlimited for all user accounts using /scripts/fixquotas

Cpanel/WHM sometimes has problems with the user quota files causing all users accounts to have unlimited disk space available or 0 megs of disk space in use. This obviously confuses your customers and doesn't show a real representation of actual disk space being used by your clients. This guide will take you through fixing any quota issues with Cpanel manually or automated.

Common reasons for quota problems
- There are files owned by the same user elsewhere on the server
- The backup directory is being counted towards the users disk quota
- Extra log files are being counted towards the users quota
- Cpanel was just updated and the quotas are now unlimited

Quick Fix - an easy way to fix quota issues

Step 1. Log into your server through SSH as the root user.

Step 2. Run the following command

Advanced Fix - other reasons quotas are not working

Step 1. Find the user account where the quotas are incorrect and login to your server in SSH as root.

Step 2. Go to the users folder and check their disk space being used.
cd /home/username
du -h or try du -hs

Step 3. Check /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow to make sure there is no weirdness where the username shows up multiple times.

Step 4. Try finding other files owned by the user.
find -user username | more
This will list all files owned by this user that could be affecting the quota reported by Cpanel.

Step 5. Uncompressed backups can cause quota problems, ensure your backups are compressed in the WHM backup options.

Step 6. After your determine the source of the files and remove them then run /scripts/fixquotas

We've covered the common ways accounts report invalid disk quotas with Cpanel. If the Quick Fix doesn't work then you'll need to do some digging through our Advanced Fix. Ask any questions in our forums!

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Comments (2)

  • Gravatar - Vivek
    Vivek 17:48, March 5, 2006
    It doenst resolve my issue, i have tried fixquotas, initquota, upcp, fixcommonproblems scripts, also enable the option in whm->tweak setttings -> Disable Disk Quota display caching<br />
    any other idea ? How to clear the cpanel cache from ssh ?
  • Gravatar - Ryan
    Ryan 12:44, May 20, 2007
    The advanced fix was really helpful. I have a mounted drive where for some reason the files were owned by the wrong users...luckily its mostly old backups on that drive that can be removed.

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