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Old 04-22-2009, 05:29 PM   #1
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Lightbulb floppy handling fedora 10

At first i like to say hallo to everybody and please to excuse my very bad English, but i hope you'll understand what i mean.

My problem is, how to handle the floppy drive in Fedora 10.
When i open "Computer" at my desktop. i see icons for my cd/dvd my disks and so on and all works as expected, but when i insert a floppy in the drive at first nothing happens (not like inserting a flash stick or a cd/dvd, which are mounted automatically) and when i try to open by double click, he tells me not to be able to mount the drive.
If i try to mount by "mount -t auto /dev/media/floppy" the drive mounts as expected.
After that, i have inserted the following to the fstab:
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy auto rw,user,noauto 0 0
From now on i have two icons in my panel when i mount a floppy, one called "Diskettenlaufwerk", witch won't work and one called floppy, witch works.
But auto-mounting when i insert a floppy into the drive still doesn't work and only root can write to it also when mounted by a normal user.

My question now is, is there a way to handle a floppy like all other removable storage device? Mounting when inserted / connected and unmouted by the eject arrow.

Will be nice if someone has any idea how to do that.

Greetings from Hamburg/Germany,


P.S.: Since i have formatted and mounted the floppy with the "User mounting tool" i can write to it as normal user.
So there are only two things to fix: auto-mounting and only one working icon instead of two

P.P.S.: Ok, so far i have fixed it by adding the following to fstab:
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy auto rw,users 0 0
chmod 777 /dev/fd0
to rc.local

From now on i can mount, read, write and unmount the floppy.
Only thing left is an error dialog, telling something like
Unable to mount location
Internal error: No mount object for mounted volume
but this is a known bug ( see bugzilla )
Auto-mounting like usb-drives is impossible, because hal is unable to poll floppy-drives, but that doesn't matter.

Last edited by Lena-Marie; 04-23-2009 at 11:00 AM. Reason: fixed
Old 05-03-2009, 06:05 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting back the bug and fix!


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