Changing ownership on floppy

Kevin Fishburne kevinfishburne at
Thu Oct 2 21:02:00 BST 2008

Make sure your floppy line in /etc/fstab looks something like:

# Floppy Drive
/dev/fd0    /media/floppy0    auto    rw,noauto,user,sync    0    0

It should automount floppy disks upon insertion and double-clicking the
floppy drive under Places, Computer. I don't know what kind of
permissions will be used, as the floppy disks are probably FAT16/32
which don't really use permissions. They'll probably be set to
read/write for the user who mounted the floppy drive though.

Kevin Fishburne
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On Thu, 2008-10-02 at 15:17 -0400, Eric Weir wrote:

> I have some old files on floppies that I want to copy to my hard disk. I 
> am able to mount the drive only with sudo on the terminal. After it's 
> mounted, ownership is root. When I try to change that by sudoing chown, 
> I am told "Operation not permitted." I thought sudo gave you root 
> privileges. Is there a way around this Catch-22?
> At the risk of ticking off people who otherwise might be inclined to 
> help, I have to say that this is one of the things that's really 
> irritating about Linux, and that is driving me away from it. I have been 
> patiently -- well, honestly, sometimes pretty *impatiently* -- trying to 
> understand it, assuming that eventually things that used to mystify 
> would become intuitive.
> I guess some have. Probably many have, given where I started. But over a 
> year into this and I can't even use my own frigging floppy drive without 
> asking for help? [I checked a couple books I have. I went to 
> for help with the commands. I posted on another forum. 
> Two hours have passed. Now I'm trying you guys.] I'm *tired* of this.
> If you can forgive the rant, I'd appreciate any suggestions.
> Sincerely,
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Eric Weir
> Decatur, GA  USA
> eeweir at
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