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Hi Mana - welcome to LQ. As Tinkster indicated, it sounds like you may be mounting your floppy in read-only mode, which would appear in your fstab file as an "ro" on the /mnt/floppy line. Additionally however, the issue may also be with the floppy itself. There's a small plastic square on the back of the floppy that can be moved to write-protect the floppy -- if the square is moved towards the top edge of the floppy (thus opening a hole) the floppy will be write protected. If the square is moved to the lower position (thus closing the hole) the floppy will be in read-write mode. Ordinarily the floppy will be in read-write mode, but this is just another item to check. I suspect that the issue will be with your fstab file, as Tinkster suggested. -- J.W.
I find that using a really simple entry in the fstab can be very enlightening... if the floppy is physically read-only (due to the plastic tab mentioned above) then it'll tell you!
My fstab entry is as such:
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,users 0 0
From left to right:
The device name
The mount point
The filesystem (auto - some of my floppies are not msdos formatted)
The options (noauto - doesn't mount the floppy on boot; users - allows anyone to mount/umount the floppy).
Never too sure about the 0 and 0, but they work.