[Herts] Ubuntu Floppy Mounting Problem feedback

ROBERTS, Mike mike.roberts at astrium.eads.net
Thu Mar 12 08:03:07 UTC 2009

I dont know if the gentleman in question has subscribed to the mail list
or not yet but in case he has, and while I think of it, a quick spot of
e&btnG=Google+Search&meta=) offers the following from the Ubuntu Forums
http://ubuntuforums.org/index.php on the matter of mounting floppy disk

post by David Haas http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=71167

"....Because I don't know how where you are now with mounting the
floppy, I'll go through all the steps. First, format the floppy with the
terminal (shell) command "fdformat /dev/fd0" (without the quotes). Then
add the Linux filesystem to it with the command "mke2fs /dev/fd0"
(mke2fs is the filesystem, fd0 is the floppy file in the directory
/dev). Then you ready to mount the floppy. One mounts the floppy (which
Linux treats as a file) in a directory--any empty directory, in fact.
But it's most convenient to mount it in a directory listed in
/etc/fstab. So, I'd change to the directory /etc in your terminal and at
this directory enter the command "gedit fstab" to open the fstab file in
the editor (gedit). Then you can change (edit) the /dev/fd0 line to
"/dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto 0 0". The /media/floppy0 is
the directory where you will mount the floppy (this is just a
convenience). Make sure that you have the floppy0 directory in the
/media directory--it should be there by default in Ubuntu. After editing
fstab as above, you can then mount the floppy with the command (as
root--"sudo -s") "mount /media/floppy0" (again, without the quotes).
When finished storing stuff on the floppy, unmount as root with the
command "umount /media floppy0' (it is "umount", not "unmount"). Of
course, once you've edited fstab and have the floppy formatted, with the
filesystem on it, mounting is quick with "mount /media/floppy0"."

This may not help entirely as the gentlemans problem seemed to be with
Ubuntu not auto mounting the floppy drive at boot, as the documentation
suggests it should. Also I neglected to ask if he was trying to access
floppy disks formatted under DOS or not.

So getting a bit more dos specific with google

Yields this link https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-doc/+bug/330314 which
may also help as it addresses problems with floppy drives dissapearing
from Ubuntu 8.10 installs / upgrades.

Hope this is useful.

Mike 8-{>

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