The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.

soft limit

The soft limit is lower than a hard limit. The soft limit can be exceeded for a limited time. There are separate time limits for files and blocks.

A file system quota for file and block consumption which can be established for individual users or groups. If a user exceeds the soft limit, there is a grace period, during which the quota can be exceeded. After the grace period has expired, no more file or data blocks can be allocated.