Changing ownership on floppy

Eric Weir eeweir at
Thu Oct 2 21:16:13 BST 2008

Thanks, Kevin. What I've got is "something like, but certainly not 
identical. In my condition of relative ignorance, it looks to me like I 
shouldn't be having the experience I'm having. [Does it say it should 
automount and that it's owned by user?].

/dev/fd0    /media/floppy0    auto    rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8    0    0

Again, any insights would be appreciated.

Eric Weir
Decatur, GA  USA
eeweir at

Kevin Fishburne wrote:
> 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 <mailto:eeweir at>

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