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Browsing through fs/nfs/... but this wasn't obvious to me, so: if I try to write while being "above quota", to a file that doesn't belong to me, will I get EPERM or ENOSPC?

Another way to phrase this is: for an inode write, which comes first, the check for permissions, or the check for quota?

  • My gues would be that permission comes first as you need to have permission to know quota status! – George Udosen Mar 27 '18 at 23:19
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You can only write to a file after you have opened it. When you open it the permission checks are done. In theory one might argue that for a request for a read-write file descriptor the quota state might be checked but as you need write access to truncate a file and quota should never prevent space from being freed I assume this is not the case.

Thus due to the order of open() and write() the permission check should always come first.

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