Using a floppy

Paul Worrall paul at
Tue Nov 21 16:07:03 UTC 2006

On Tuesday 21 November 2006 11:29, Neil Winchurst wrote:
> I had a new computer built for me last May and installed Mandriva.
> Recently I installed kubuntu Edgy. My computer included a floppy drive
> which I had not asked for but since it was there I used it. In Mandriva
> no problems.
> In kubuntu I am having a small problem so I am asking for some help.
> Yes, I know about changing /etc/fstab which I have done so that the
> start of the last line is /dev/fd0. I can now read my diskettes OK. All
> my diskettes are already formatted to Ext2 and they are all writeable.
> My problem is that I cannot write to them, which rather defeats the
> purpose. I mount the floppy, I create a text file and then I try to save
> it to the floppy and I get the message 'Unable to write to file'.
> The permissions of fd0 are rw-rw-rw- and yes I am included as a user in
> the 'floppy' group.
> This leaves me rather baffled. Can anyone help please?
> Neil Winchurst

A couple of questions:

1. What are the permissions and ownership of the mount point (/media/floppy0) 
before and after mounting a diskette? On my system they are:

paul at wyvern:~$ ll -d /media/floppy0
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 48 2006-09-08 23:24 /media/floppy0/
paul at wyvern:~$ mount /media/floppy0
paul at wyvern:~$ ll -d /media/floppy0
drwxr-xr-x 3 paul paul 1024 2006-11-21 15:40 /media/floppy0/

2. After mounting the floppy, what does 'mount | grep fd0' say? I get:

/dev/fd0 on /media/floppy0 type ext2 (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,sync,user=paul)

I am able to write to ext2-formatted floppies.


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