All users have a home disk (refered to as $HOME or ~ from the shell). This is the place where you end up when you log in, and it is also the place where many applications store their settings or local data, for the simple reason that it is the one directory that is know to exist for every user.
At our institutes, these home directories are on a central disk called
/home which is served from a central server. This has the big advantage that your home directory is the same on all machines in the institute (except some clusters that have their own home disk). So settings that are saved on one machine, are in place on others as well.
There are two possible downsides to this:
To see how much space you have in use, use the ´quota´ command.
Please note that checking free space on the disk (ie:
df /home) does NOT equal your quota!
If your quota is running out, please check the following before asking system management for more space
If you have taken care of all that, and you still run out of space frequently, contact the helpdesk for advise or more space.