I guess I should have said "they won't do hard quotas." I'm not a sysadmin so I don't have the right to do that, and when I requested it the admin guys said it was too "Big Brother" ish or something. Well, when some inconsiderate person is just too lazy or "in a hurry" to do their work in one of the other partitions that are there for exactly this kind of thing (I believe the cuplrit(s) was/were large dataset(s) and/or log file(s))causing problems where my other users can't even log in to their workstations, it's kind of annoying.
I don't want to have to run around to peoples' offices at 6 pm asking them to delete some files so that things won't get even more fubar. At the very least this program or some incarnation thereof will end up as a bookmarked CGI script so that myself or someone else can look up the space usage and ask someone person to move their music files out of their roaming profile and on to the workstation hard drive or delete their log files or move their datasets or whatever.
Sorry if I am a little cranky, but I had to work late today because of this and missed getting to spend time with my wife and kid.
My boss is a big fan of the public accountability thing; he had me write a web page where each person records if they've tested access to certain websites that they're supposed to be able to get to in an emergency. When he outlined it for me he said like "the checklist on the back of bathroom doors at fast food restaurants." I figure publicly posting disk space usage is something that will be right up his alley.
I like computer programming because it's like Legos for the mind.