On the handling of Floppy disks...

Jeff Waugh jeff.waugh at ubuntu.com
Mon Feb 7 09:41:36 CST 2005

<quote who="Michael R Head">

> One possible way to fix this might be to implement an mtools-based floppy
> drive gnome-vfs location, and use this on systems with PC-style floppy
> drives. Of course, ext2 formatted floppies will not work with mtools, but
> perhaps there would be a way to add support for that, too.

As it happens, one exists already (for thin client remote floppy support
originally, but this use case was understood when it was written), which you
can find on the gnome-vfs mailing list archives. The major drawback is that
only gnome-vfs enabled apps could use it, but that's not a big problem for
us in Ubuntu. :-) I was quite seriously considering it for hoary, but didn't
have enough time - would you like to check it out and let us know how it

- Jeff

linux.conf.au 2005: Canberra, Australia                http://linux.conf.au/
     GDK (acronym): GNU's Not Unix Image Manipulation Program Tool-Kit

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