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floppy disks really give me a lot of problems in linux, specifically RH9. today i was trying to copy a network card module from one laptop to another, both running RH9, and both with the same kernel. one laptop had a built in floppy, the other had a USB floppy. i formatted the floppy on the built in, put the file on, took it to the USB drive, and it found nothing. i then 'touched' a file on the disk, took it back to the built in, nothing. then i went to another laptop with a built in floppy, put the disk in, and it detected the touched files. so i put the network module on the disk from that laptop, which was also RH9, and it read it fine on the USB drive. long story short, shouldn't i be able to write to a disk and move it to any other disk drive and read it? i tried the following things:
mkfs -t ext2 ... and then explicitly mounting ext2 on the other
plain mkfs (which said it defaulted to ext2 anyway)
any help? any good floppy FAQs out there? any help is appreciated
"i formatted the floppy on the built in, put the file on, took it to the USB drive, and it found nothing."
There are two different answers depending on whether you are using automount or not.
If you are not using automount then you need to mount a filesystem before you use it and umount a file system before you remove the floppy from the drive:
mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
cp /home/user/file.in.question /mnt/floppy
If you are using automount then you and automount are in disagreement on the mount status of the floppy. I consider automount to be more of a problem than a help. You can get rid of automount in the /etc/fstab line for the floppy.
I'm having a similar issue. I would like my floppy to be ready to use. Even when I do this... I get an error.
# mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/fd0,
or too many mounted file systems