Mounting Floppies

David Bowskill davidbow at
Wed Nov 3 12:16:40 GMT 2010

Thanks Basil
I can't seem to find the previous correspondence (have searched back as
far as May).
There seems to be some very basic bug since according to fstab anyone
can mount the floppy - and it seems to partially achieve this.
I'm sure some LINUX guru will see this as a challenge and come up with
the answer.

On 03/11/10 20:32, Basil Chupin wrote:
> On 03/11/2010 18:58, David Bowskill wrote:
>> Hello All
>> I was cleaning up when I came across some old floppies with stuff I
>> wished to read.
>> Ubuntu 10.04 would not mount the floppy although the drive light cam on
>> for a short while and the drive 'clicked'.
>> The file /etc/fstab includes the following entry:
>> /dev/fd0        /media/floppy0  auto    rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8
>> 0       0
>> when issuing the command:
>>          mount /dev/fd0
>> the drive clicks and the terminal reports :-
>>      mount: block device /dev/fd0 is write-protected, mounting read-only
>> Then examining the file  /etc/mtab, it shows no entry for the floppy.
>> Issuing the command umount /etc/fd0 the terminal reports:-
>>      umount: /dev/fd0 is not mounted (according to mtab)
>> I cannot read the floppy - it is not mounted although it was reported as
>> being so.
>> Any ideas ??
>> Thanks
>> David
> Yes. A known problem but there is a solution. Can't remember what it is 
> but there was a discussion on this in Ubuntu which I started at the end 
> of September. You can either check the archives, or check Launchpad or 
> wait (and remind me! :-) ) to find what I wrote at the time.
> The bottom line to all this is that none of the devs use computers with 
> floppy drives and so they cannot produce the answer - nor really care 
> because nobody is supposed to have computers which use floppies anymore 
> :-( - but there IS an answer; I needed to boot the system using a floppy 
> and started the thread beginning with, "WTF?! NO floppy in Lucid or in 
> Meerkat". The "fix" is reasonably easy, and my floppy drive now is 
> functional.
> BC

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