Write to floppy?

cj debiani386 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 9 16:29:10 UTC 2007

norman wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-08-08 at 19:12 -0400, Mike wrote:
>> cj wrote:
>>> norman, if he has the tab set to allow reading and writing, you still 
>>> have ubuntu to deal with as it, for some reason, allows only the root 
>>> user to write to teh floppy
>>> --cj
>> This is odd. I read and write to floppy discs without any 
>> problems at all in Feisty (as a normal user not as root). I 
>> save files to floppies directly from OpenOffice (file -> save 
>> as and select floppy drive as my location). I also copy files 
>> from my home directory to floppies quite often without root 
>> permission. To do this I go to "Places" -> "Computer" -> 
>> "Floppy Drive", then copy over the files that need to be 
>> copied to the floppy. When I'm done I right click on "Floppy 
>> Drive" and choose "Unmount Volume" and it writes the data to 
>> the floppy without root permission. Am I just lucky or Isn't 
>> this the way it's supposed to work?
> In my humble opinion you are quite correct. I have used floppies with
> Ubuntu from the time Ubuntu started and never, repeat never have I
> needed to be root. In the early days, if I remember correctly there was
> a heading under accessories which you selected to mount the floppy and
> off you went. Later this was omitted so I created a launcher and
> regularly used that. The important thing is to unmount correctly and to
> wait to allow the writing to take place.
> Norman 
i know Regular ubuntu (not kubuntu, edubuntu or xubuntu) is much better 
about that. i can just insert a floppy into my floppy drive and it 
mounts it, but when i was using kubuntu i had to be root to read/write 
and to mount (very strange huh...only kubuntu gave me that problem)

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